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Pancreatic echinococcosis in a 5-year-old girl

Pancreatic echinococcosis in a 5-year-old girl

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  • PMID: 36194666
    DOI: 10.5546/aap.2021-02500.eng
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Pancreatic echinococcosis accounts for 0.2-0.6% of cases, with the pediatric population being at a higher risk. Most commonly, pancreatic lesions occur in the head of the pancreas (50-58%); and in the body and tail in 24-34% and 19% of cases, respectively. Given the potential complications, surgery is usually performed. Albendazole is recommended before and after the surgery due to the risks for rupture and dissemination of protoscolices. Here we describe the case of a 5-year-old girl with progressive abdominalpain and cystic lesion in the pancreas compatible with echinococcosis in the ultrasound. The computed tomography showed bile duct compression. Indirect hemagglutination was negative. She had elevated total bilirubin, with a clear predominance of direct bilirubin, and high liver enzymes. Exploratory laparotomy, cholecystectomy, and unroofing of the cyst were performed. The patient had a favorable course and continued with albendazole for 3 months after the surgery.

Keywords: echinococcosis; pancreas; pediatrics; treatment.

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