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Case #321 - April, 2012

Case #321 - April, 2012

A 55-year-old man from the Middle East presenting with chronic abdominal pain was seen by his health care provider.


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Case Answer

Answer to Case #321

This was a case of hydatid disease caused by Echinococcus granulosus. Diagnostic features included:

  • the presence of refractile hooklets (Figures A and B).
  • presence of protoscoleces (Figures C and D).

More on: Echinococcosis

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