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  • A Child with Spinal Hydatid Cyst that Rarely Cause Kyphosis and Progressive Neurological Problems: A Case Report

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    Burak Ozdemir PhD; Fatih Yoldas; Mustafa Kiliç; Kadir Altas

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    Meeting: Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2015 Annual Meeting - Late Breaking Science

    Introduction: Involvement of spine in patients with hydatid disease is less than 1 % and hydatid disease that causing kyphosis is extremely rare in pediatric patients.Altough most of cyst hydatid disease in pediatric patients introduce as benign pathology according to its biological behavior and clinical presentation.

    Methods: We report a 6-year-old girl who presented with hyperkyphosis and paraparesia due to an epidural cyst in thoracic spinal canal.After researching for anesthesia,in chest x-ray,being a cyst in the right lung ,followed by pediatrist considered that this patient may be cyst hydatid disease.After that, pediatrists medicate albendazole to this patient in preoperative period.Then we operated child for spinal canal decompression and excision of cyst hydatid.We planned openned-door laminoplasty T11-L1 vertebral columns and following excision of lesion from epidural space . Total removal of the cyst was achieved by preserving the capsule integrity for preventing potential seeding. Our preoperative initial diagnosis based on the radiological findings was confirmed as cyst hydatid histopathologically.

    Results: In postoperative first day,patient started to walking unassisted.Other the most important finding in postoperative term is improvement of hyperkyphosis and postural correction.After the postoperative observation ,this patient transfered to physical therapy clinic.In first month controls and sixth months controls ,there was no lesion in spinal MRIs and patient had walking well,straight posture except urological problems.

    Conclusions: Cyst hydatid should be considered in the differential diagnosis of the presence of homogenous cystic lesions with regular shape inside the spinal canal. To our knowledge, this pediatric patient is one of the rare case of extradural cyst hydatid in spinal canal caused to hyperkyphosis and progressive paraparesia.

    Patient Care: surgeons should be careful for hydatid disease like this patient and cooperate with other departments example, pediatry and physiotheraphy

    Learning Objectives: By the conclusion,treatment of hydatid cyst is primarily surgical, demanding total removal without rupture.we recommend that neurosurgeons should consider that Hydatid disease and its complications can be treated by multidisciplinary working.


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