An elderly gentleman presented with heaviness over the right side of the chest, lower back pain and difficulty in walking for the last 6 months. He also reported of progressive weakness of the left leg associated with tingling and numbness for 2 months. Imaging studies revealed a large hydatid cyst in the right thoracic cavity compressing the spinal cord. The patient was prescribed a 14-day course of albendazole therapy. He underwent laparoscopic transdiaphragmatic deroofing and evacuation of the cyst. Postoperative recovery was uneventful. The patient started showing symptom relief from day 1 of surgery and by day 3, his right leg strength and sensation recovered remarkably. Echinococcal cyst is a zoonotic disease that can affect any part of the body. Vertebral involvement and spinal cord compression is a rare manifestation of echinococcal disease. Such cases pose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges and require a multidisciplinary approach to treat them successfully.
- neurology (drugs and medicines)
- tropical medicine (infectious disease)
- spinal cord
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