Journal Article

Hydatid cyst involving the aortic arch

Anil Z. Apaydin, Emrah Oguz and Mehdi Zoghi

in European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Published on behalf of European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Volume 31, issue 3, pages 558-560
Published in print March 2007 | ISSN: 1010-7940
Published online March 2007 | e-ISSN: 1873-734X | DOI:
Hydatid cyst involving the aortic arch

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We report a very rare case of primary mediastinal hydatid cyst which invaded the ascending aorta and the aortic arch which initially presented as a cranial mass. Aortic wall is a very unusual site for the hydatid cysts. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of hydatid cyst located within the aortic arch lumen. Patient underwent ascending aortic and hemiarch replacement under hypothermic circulatory arrest and removal of the cyst. Patient had an uneventful recovery and has been on follow-up. Although the literature data are very limited, we believe that the aortic procedure of choice should be graft interpositon rather than patch repair.

Keywords: Hydatid disease; Aortic arch; Aortic surgery

Journal Article.  1240 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine ; Cardiothoracic Surgery

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