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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 56  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 768-770

Primary hydatid cyst in the soft tissue of the face: An exceptional occurrence


1 Department of Pathology, Era's Lucknow Medical College and Hospital, Sarfarzganj, Lucknow, India
2 Department of Surgery, Era's Lucknow Medical College and Hospital, Sarfarzganj, Lucknow, India

Correspondence Address:
Cherry Bansal
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Era's Lucknow Medical College and Hospital, Sarfrazganj, Lucknow
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.91852

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To emphasize that solitary hydatid cyst can be localized in the soft tissue and present as a soft tissue mass even in an unusual site like face, we report the case of a 42-year-old male patient presenting with a slowly growing mass in right temporal region. Computed tomography (CT) scan showed an encapsulated mass with multiple cysts. Histopathological examination revealed the characteristic findings, which were consistent with soft-tissue hydatid disease. In the absence of visceral organ involvement, this is the first reported case of a primary subcutaneous hydatid cyst in the skin of face in India. In the English literature, only one case of this kind has been reported till date. When imaging methods confirm cystic nature of a swelling, even in unusual sites, one should always keep a possibility of hydatid cyst and manage accordingly during surgery to avoid precipitation of acute anaphylaxis.


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