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Subcutaneous hydatid cyst in the popliteal fossa at the site of a previous wasp sting

Department of Radiology, Medical University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary.
Diagnostic and interventional radiology (Ankara, Turkey) (Impact Factor: 1.43). 02/2010; 17(2):163-5. DOI: 10.4261/1305-3825.DIR.2933-09.1
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ABSTRACT We report an uncommon case of a primary Echinococcus cyst that developed in the subcutaneous tissue of the right popliteal fossa, at the spot of a previous wasp sting, suggesting the possibility of an unusual transmission of the eggs by insects. This unusual presentation was initially considered as a Baker cyst until parasytological results verified Echinococcus hydatidosus, the larval form of Echinococcus granulosus, as diagnosis. However, the most common path of Echinococcus granulosus infection is through contact with a definitive host or by ingestion of ova through contaminated water or food. Transmission by insects should also be reconsidered in endemic areas.

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    • "This was the 11th U.S case in about 50 reported worldwide (Wilson and others 2001). Battyany and others (2011) described a case of Hydatid cyst following a wasp sting, opening the question of potential transmission through this kind of vector, mainly in endemic areas. No other studies have focused on this topic. "
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