Turkish Neurosurgery 2012 , Vol 22 , Num 4
Echinococcus Alveolaris: Presenting as a Cerebral Metastasis
Nuriye Guzin OZDEMIR1, Ali KURT2, Dogan Nasır BINICI3, Kerem Mazhar OZSOY1
1Erzurum Regional Education and Research Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Erzurum, Turkey
2Erzurum Regional Education and Research Hospital, Department of Pathology, Erzurum, Turkey
3Erzurum Regional Education and Research Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine, Erzurum, Turkey
DOI : 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.2522-10.2 Echinococcus multilocularis (EM) is caused by the larval stage of the tapeworm. The main endemic regions for human alveolar echinococcosis are Central Europe, Russia, Turkey, Japan, China, Eastern France, North America. EM is an endemic disease in Turkey and especially common in the eastern Anatolia Region as seen in our case. The liver is the primary focus of the disease, cerebral localization is rare. Cerebral hydatid disease is approximately 5% of alveolar hydatid cases and generally considered to be fatal. Surgical treatment should be considerd whenever possible. We present a case of cerebral alveolar hydatid disease that was thought to be cerebral metastasis. Keywords : Echinococcus alveolaris, Cerebral metastasis, Mrı, Surgical treatment
Corresponding author : Nuriye Guzin Ozdemır, guzozdemir@yahoo.com