Endobronchial echinococcosis presenting as non-resolving pneumonia

Raffi Lev-Tzion, Aviv D. Goldbart

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Hydatid disease of the lungs is caused by larval cysts of the Echinococcus tapeworm. Pulmonary cysts may occasionally invade bronchi or pleura as a result of coughing, trauma, or elevated intra-abdominal pressure. We present the case of a patient evaluated for non-resolving pneumonia whose radiographic and bronchoscopic findings were strikingly similar to those seen in pulmonary tuberculosis with endobronchial invasion; he was ultimately diagnosed with pulmonary echinococcosis. This case underscores the importance of considering unusual diagnoses even when typical features of more common conditions are present. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2012; 47:716-718.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)716-718
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Pulmonology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • albendazole
  • hydatid cyst
  • hydatid disease
  • pulmonary echinococcosis
  • tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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