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· Aetiology: Echinococcus granulosa (a flatworm). Infected from ova excreted in dog faeces. Dogs infected from eating raw sheep offal (ie liver) containing hydatid cysts
· Clinical: Often acquired in childhood, present in older age with solitary cysts (liver, lung, brain)
· Treatment: surgical drainage + aldendazole as adjunct
· Diagnosis: Serology: haemaglutination test + complement fixation test
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