12. Echinococcus cysts in the liver

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Organ: Liver


In the liver parenchyme can we see two cysts. One of them is in cross section and the other isn’t.

Diagnosis: Echinococcus cysts


  • Faecal-oral transmission of echinococcus parasite from dog


Echinococcus is a parasite that usually lives in the GI tract of dogs. By faecal-oral transmission this parasite eggs get into the GI tract of humans, from which they will travel with portal circulation to the liver. The parasite then forms cysts in the liver.

The cysts look solid, which makes them easily confused for real tumors on imaging.

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One thought on “12. Echinococcus cysts in the liver”

  1. Hi, great notes I really love them, thanks a lot! <3
    There is one thing, it was mentioned during lecture that when byopsy is taken from the Echinoccocus cyst, it can cause anaphilactic reaction.

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