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Intracranial hydatid cyst: imaging findings of a rare disease
  1. Bedros Taslakian1,
  2. Houssein Darwish2
  1. 1Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
  2. 2Department of Diagnostic Radiology, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bedros Taslakian, btaslakian{at}


Hydatid disease (echinococcosis) is a worldwide zoonosis produced by the larval stage of the Echinococcus tapeworm. The disease is endemic in many parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, South America and central and south Europe. Intracranial hydatid disease is considered a rare disease and may be sometimes very difficult to diagnose based on the clinical and laboratory findings. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the condition and the imaging findings even in the non-endemic parts of the world. We report the case of a 12-year-old boy who presented with headache and vomiting for a few months. The mass was totally excised, with no postoperative complications. We present MR spectroscopy (MRS) findings in this operatively proven case of hydatid cyst of the brain. We discuss imaging findings, in particular the findings on MRS, which is rarely reported in the literature.

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