A rare case of primary hydatid cyst of neck

Narendra Hirani, Ajeet Kumar Khilnani, Dhaneshwar Lanjewar, Navin Patel, Vipul Solanki, Bhoomi Bhadesia


Primary hydatid cyst swelling of neck is an uncommon occurrence even in regions where hydatidosis is common. We report a case of a 13 year old male patient who presented with a swelling in right side of neck since 4 years, which turned out to be a hydatid cyst. FNAC is a useful pre-operative investigation for diagnosis of hydatid cyst. Complete surgical excision followed by medical treatment (benzimidazole derivatives) is considered to be the treatment of choice. Hydatid cyst should always be considered in the differential diagnosis of neck swellings.


Echinococcus granulosus, Hydatid cyst, Neck swelling, Fine needle aspiration cytology

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