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Rom J Leg Med18(3)189-192(2010)
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Cardiac echinococcosis causing unexpected death. A case report

D. Butcovan, C. Grigoriu, V. Astărăstoae

Abstract: Echinococcus is endemic in some parts of the world but cardiac involvement with hydatid cyst is rare. Here, we report a 50 year-old man having at presentation a history of atypical chest pain. During routine clinical evaluation abnormal findings in ECG were found. In echocardiography, a large mass was detected in the anterior part of the interventricular septum. The patient died shortly after admission by anaphylactic shock, secondary to hydatid cyst endocavitary rupture.
Keywords: Cardiac echinococcosis, Hydatid cyst, Anaphylaxis

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