Caudate Lobe Cystic Echinococcosis
Mohammad Tahir Aien1, Fazel Rahman Faizi2*
1Department of Radiology, French Medical Institute for Children Afghanistan.
Corresponding Author: Fazel Rahman Faizi, Department of Radiology, French Medical Institute for Children, Afghanistan,
Tel: 93 20 250 0522; E-Mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Received Date: 03 Dec 2016 Accepted Date: 27 Dec 2016 Published Date: 02 Jan 2017
- Copyright © 2017 Faizi FR
Citation: Faizi FR and Aien MT. (2017). Caudate Lobe Cystic Echinococcosis. M J Case. 2(1): 022.
Cystic echinococcosis is a zoonotic disease produced by larva of echinococcosis granulosis. The parasite has two hosts, a definitive and an intermediate host. The definitive host is usually dogs but maybe other carnivores. The intermediate host is usually sheep but maybe other herbivores. Humans become infected accidentally through contact with dogs or contaminated water and vegetables. Liver is the most common site of involvement however caudate lobe is rarely involved. A 24 year-old female with sole complaint of jaundice was referred to our department to undergo abdominal CT-scan. A well-defined multiseptated cystic structure was noted in caudate lobe. Keeping in view patient’s history of contact with animals and imaging characteristics, the diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis was made.
Cystic Echinococcosis; Caudate Lobe; Jaundice; Splenomegaly.
A 24-year-old female with history of jaundice was referred to Radiology department of FMIC hospital to undergo contrast enhanced abdominal CT-scan. Her laboratory studies revealed elevated level of direct and indirect bilirubin. Pre-contrast abdominal CT demonstrated a low attenuation cystic structure with multiple internal septae occupying segment I (caudate lobe) and segment V of the liver; focal wall calcification was also apparent. (Figure 1) The lesion revealed subtle wall enhancement in post-contrast images. (Figure 2) Portal vein and intra-hepatic biliary channels were dilated. (Figure 3)Portal hypertension was evident by splenomegaly and splenic vein engorgement, dilatation and tortuosity. (Figure 3 and 4) we believe that portal vein hypertension and obstructive jaundice was due to mass effect of the lesion over CBD and portal vein at porta hepatis. (Figures 2, 4)
Figure 1: Pre-contrast axial slice of the abdomen demonstrates a well-defined cystic structure with multiple septae in segment I (caudate lobe) and segment V of the liver. Note the focal wall calcification of the cyst. (arrow)
Figure 2: Post-contrast axial slice of the abdomen demonstrates subtle wall enhancement of the cyst. Note the portal vein (PV) close approximation to the cyst and splenic vein (SV) engorgement.
Figure 3: Post-contrast axial slice of the abdomen. Note the dilated portal vein (PV) and intra-hepatic biliary ducts (BD).
Figure 4: Post-contrast coronal slice of the abdomen. Note the cyst is producing mass effect on portal vein (large arrow) and portal hypertension is evident by splenomegaly and splenic vein engorgement and tortuosity (small arrow).
Cystic echinococcosis is a zoonotic disease produced by larva
of Echinococcosis granulosis [1, 2]. The parasite has two
hosts, a definitive and an intermediate host. The definitive
host is usually a dog but maybe other carnivores. The intermediate
host is commonly a sheep but maybe other herbivores.
Humans become infected accidentally through contact
with dog or consuming contaminated water and vegetables
[1-3]. The parasite passes through intestinal wall and enters
portal vein or lymphatic system. Liver is the primary site of
defense, hence, the most frequently involved organ (75%).
Meanwhile, right lobe of the liver is the most commonly involved
lobe whereas caudate lobe is rarely involved [1, 4].
Sometimes the parasite enters systemic circulation through capillaries and may be lodged somewhere else .
The cyst is slowly growing and maybe clinically silent for years. Dull right upper quadrant pain is the most common clinical symptom in uncomplicated cyst [3, 4]. Complicated cyst demonstrates varying clinical manifestations like intrabiliary rupture, intra-peritoneal rupture, jaundice and portal hypertension . Jaundice may occur due to rupture of the cyst in biliary channels or by cyst’s mass effect over extrahepatic biliary ducts. Portal hypertension is a rare complication and it occurs in caudate lobe cystic echinococcosis .
The cyst may demonstrate variable imaging features based on cyst’s growth stage; it may be a thick walled cystic structure; a multiseptated cystic structure; a cystic structure with detached membrane; a complex mass or totally calcified structure .
Ultrasound is the primary investigation of choice for detection of liver cystic echinococcosis. CT is indicated in cases where ultrasound is inconclusive due to patient’s related difficulties (obesity, bowel gas, abdominal wall defect, and previous surgery) or for evaluation of complications of the cyst. MRI is superior over CT for evaluation of cyst’s intra-biliary communication when typical features are absent .
Some serological tests are available for diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis but a gold standard test for definitive diagnosis is lacking .
Percutaneous aspiration-injection-reaspiration drainage (PAIR) plus albendazole/ mebendazole is superior over open surgical excision due to increased clinical efficacy and lower complication, mortality, recurrence and hospitalization [6, 7].
Cystic echinococcosis is a zoonotic disease caused by echinococcosis
granulosis and is common in sheep farming countries.
Humans get infected incidentally through contact with
dogs or contaminated foods and vegetables. Liver is the most
common site of involvement. Uncomplicated cysts are usually
asymptomatic for years. Complicated cysts may present
with varying clinical symptoms. Portal vein hypertension and
obstructive jaundice are rare complications and are due to
lesions mass effect over portal vein and common bile duct at
• Liver abscess
• Liver malignancy
Caudate lobe cystic echinococcosis.