Case report: Echinococcus disease of the bone presenting as a femoral shaft nonunion

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 10021, USA.
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (Impact Factor: 2.77). 06/2007; 458(458):220-5. DOI: 10.1097/BLO.0b013e31802ff823
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Osseous hydatidosis (Echinococcus infection) is a rare parasitic bone infection that poses challenges in diagnosis and treatment. We present a novel case of osseous hydatidosis of the femoral shaft that was diagnosed at the time of surgery for a recalcitrant femoral shaft nonunion. We know of no reports of osseous hydatidosis presenting as a femoral shaft nonunion. A discussion of the challenges in diagnosis and treatment of osseous hydatidosis are discussed, and the literature on osseous hydatidosis is reviewed.

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    • "Although the incidence of hydatid disease has decreased as a result of education and control measures, there are still foci of concern in South America and sporadic cases still occur in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia [12]. Hydatid cysts may lie dormant in the bone for as long as 40 years and most skeletal hydatid cysts have been detected in adults. "
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