Primary giant splenic hydatid disease in a pregnant woman: case report




Echinococcosis, pregnancy, Spleen, Splenectomy, Fetal Growth Retardation


Hydatidosis is currently considered a public health problem in Peru. It is a parasitic infection transmitted by the ingestion of eggs of Echinococcus granulosus. The most involved organs are the liver and lungs, with spleen involvement being rare. We present the case of a young pregnant woman with abdominal pain and a sensation of mass in the left hypochondrium. The ultrasound study revealed a multiloculated cystic image in the left hemiabdomen, and a viable fetus. She underwent cesarean section, followed by exploratory laparotomy, which revealed a giant spleen tumor that, according to the anatomopathological study, corresponded to multicystic splenic hydatid disease. Likewise, intrauterine growth restriction was found as a fetal complication. The patient progressed favorably without recurrence of hydatid foci and the neonate had an adequate growth pattern.


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Segura-Gago GP, Estela-Reynel R, Calisaya-Sánchez M, Flores-Rodriguez M. Primary giant splenic hydatid disease in a pregnant woman: case report. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2022 Dec. 22 [cited 2024 May 27];39(4):495-9. Available from:

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