Hydatid cyst of the pancreatic tail. A case report

Du Toit D.F. ; Loxton A.J. ; Laker L. ; Dreyer J.F. (1984)


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A case of calcified hydatid cyst of the pancreatic tail is presented. The ultrasonographic and computed tomographic features of the lesion suggested the presence of a cystadenoma or a calcified hydatid cyst. Computed tomography proved the most useful investigation and accurately localized the lesion. A distal pancreatectomy and splenectomy were performed because on the basis of the results of pre-operative investigations and macroscopic operative findings, carcinoma of the pancreatic tail could not be ruled out with certainty. The patient made an uneventful recovery.

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