Issue: 2007 > March > case report

Embolisation of hydatid cysts in the pulmonary artery presenting with haemoptysis

O.K. Aribas, F. Kanat, E. Turk-Aribas, T. Yuksek


A 49-year-old female patient who had undergone surgery for hepatic echinococcosis five years previously was admitted with haemoptysis. MRI angiography showed total occlusion of the left inferior pulmonary artery. Echocardiography showed no pulmonary hypertension. The patient underwent pneumonectomy and cysts in the left pulmonary artery were observed. Pulmonary artery involvement should be considered in patients who have undergone hepatic cyst surgery if haemoptysis is the first presenting symptom, especially in endemic regions for hydatidosis.