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A rare case of coexisting tuberculosis with hydatid disease from North India with review of literature
  1. Prashant Kumar Verma1,
  2. Ranjana Rohilla2,
  3. Vivekanand Natarajan1 and
  4. Puneet Kumar Gupta2
  1. 1Paediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India
  2. 2Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Prashant Kumar Verma; 2004pkv{at}


Coexisting tuberculosis (TB) and hydatid disease in an immunocompetent individual is an extremely rare occurrence. Given the similarities in the clinical manifestations and morbidities of both, specific diagnosis in individuals coinfected with these is difficult. We, hereby present a case of a 17-year-old adolescent man diagnosed to be a coinfection of pulmonary TB with pulmonary and cardiac hydatid disease, with the review of cases having a similar presentation. The coexistence of these infections should be considered in endemic areas. Management can only be done by a multidisciplinary approach including surgical, microbiological, histopathological and radiological facilities. Complete surgical excision of the cyst is the treatment of choice and medical therapy for both aetiologies should be appropriate to achieve cure.

  • infections
  • infectious diseases

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  • Contributors PKV: conception and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data. RR: drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content. PKG: final approval of the version published. VN: agreement to be accountable for the article and to ensure that all questions regarding the accuracy or integrity of the article are investigated and resolved.

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