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A Case of Hydatid Cyst Mimicking Kidney Tumor.


Hydatid cyst disease, also known as echinococcosis, is a parasitic infestation caused by Echinococcus granulosus, a cestode from the Taeniidae family (1). Carnivores, such as wolves, foxes, and especially dogs, are definitive hosts for the parasite, and herbivores, such as sheep, cows, and goats, are intermediate hosts. Humans are incidental hosts. They do not play a role in the transmission cycle and may be infested through contact with a definitive host or oral ingestion of water or vegetables contaminated by the eggs of the parasite. Hydatid disease may affect many parts of the human body. Approximately 40%-80% of patients with primary hydatid disease have single-organ involvement, and it commonly affects the liver (61%) and lungs (18.7%) in single-organ involved cases. However, primary kidney hydatid cysts are extremely rare (2.6%) (2).

Cysts in the kidney can cause hematuria or flank pain (3). In some patients, as a result of the rupture of the cyst in the collecting system, hydatiduria may occur. The diagnosis is based on imaging and serological tests. In radiological and serological studies, renal hydatid disease cannot be diagnosed preoperatively in 1 out of 3 patients (4). Here, we present a case of a 45-year-old man with primary renal hydatid disease.


A 45-year-old male patient presented with left flank pain that started a month ago. There was no history of fever or pyuria. His vital signs were normal. Costovertebral angle tenderness was revealed on physical examination. The rest of the systemic examination was unremarkable. He had a history of Behcet's disease, but there was no oral or genital ulcer on admission. Laboratory studies presented normal eosinophil rate (2.7%), normal renal functions (blood urea 12.71 mg/dL and creatinine 0.74 mg/dl), and normal liver function tests. There were no pathological findings on urinalysis or urine cytology. Ultrasonography revealed an 8x6.2x6 cm heterogeneous exophytic trending lesion at the lower pole of the left kidney. The lesion's walls were seen to be calcified in places, and the margin between the kidney and lesion was indistinct. It could not be differentiated by ultrasonography if the lesion is a complicated cyst or a mass. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the upper abdomen also revealed a 9x7.5x7 cm cortical-parapelvic localized lesion at the lower pole of the left kidney, extending exophytically to the inferior (Figure 1, 2). There was no significant contrast enhancement on post-contrast study. There was no lymphadenopathy on the para-aortic areas.

Given the possibility that the lesion is malignant, nephrectomy was planned. A laparoscopic approach was performed. Under the left flank position, trocars were placed. After entering the abdominal cavity, the colon was medialized, and the left kidney was dissected from the surrounding tissue. The pedicle was released and clamped using a linear stapler. The kidney was removed through paramedian incision by retrieval pouch.

The specimen measured 13x10.5x9 cm and weighed 519 g. Adjacent to the upper pole of the kidney, a single, 8x8.5x9 cm necrotic lesion containing membranes in it was present. Histopathological diagnosis was hydatid cyst. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test for hydatid disease was negative. Albendazole 10 mg/kg twice a day was administered postoperatively for 3 weeks.


Primary renal hydatid disease is very rare, mostly solitary, and unilateral. The initial phase of primary infection is always asymptomatic. Patients may remain asymptomatic for years (5).

Morbidity mainly depends on different factors, such as dimensions, quantity, and localization of the cyst/cysts. Factors, such as the immune response of the patient and the pressure of the cyst on its surrounding, also affect morbidity. Clinical symptoms, such as flank pain, fever, hematuria, abdominal pain, and weight loss, are non-specific, except gross hydatiduria. Hydatiduria is a pathognomonic sign for the disease and seen in 28%-29% of patients (6, 7). It was not detected in our patient.

The diagnosis of hydatid disease is based on the identification of cyst structures by imaging techniques, such as ultrasonography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and confirmation by immunodiagnostic studies (1). Although its effectiveness depends on the operator, diagnosis is mainly based on ultrasonography due to its advantages, such as cost effectiveness and non-invasiveness. On ultrasonography, renal hydatid cysts are usually detected as a single cystic structure that has a floating membrane and daughter cyst. In our patient's ultrasonography, daughter cyst was not detected, and cyst or mass discrimination of the lesion could not be done. To determine daughter cysts and see the location of the hydatid cyst and its relationship with the surrounding tissue more accurately, computed tomography or MRI can be performed. We performed upper abdominal MRI, and also by MRI, it could not be distinguished if the lesion is a complicated cyst or renal mass.

Serological studies, such as indirect hemagglutination test, ELISA, and indirect fluorescent antibody, are useful in the diagnosis. Fekak et al. (8) demonstrated that serological tests are positive in 55% of patients. Eosinophilia is reported in 25%-50% of patients (9). Hydatid cysts rarely affect renal function. Our patient's blood creatinine was normal, eosinophilia was not present, and ELISA for hydatid disease was also negative.

Surgical modalities are the main treatment for renal hydatid disease. Surgical procedure should be considered after evaluating the size and localization of the cyst, the relationship with the surrounding tissue, the status of the renal parenchyma, and renal function. Total nephrectomy or kidney-sparing modalities are available techniques, and laparoscopic approach is also an alternative. If preoperative diagnosis is possible, partial nephrectomy can be performed for localized cysts. In our case, owing to the suspicion of renal mass, laparoscopic total nephrectomy was performed.

Primary renal hydatid disease is extremely rare. However, especially in endemic areas, hydatid disease should be taken into consideration for the differential diagnosis of complicated renal cysts. If preoperative diagnosis is possible by imaging and laboratory studies, the preoperative administration of albendazole could be helpful for preventing complications of the probable rupture of the cyst during surgery.

Informed Consent: Written informed consent was obtained from the patient who participated in this study.

Peer-review: Externally peer-reviewed.

Author contributions: Concept - A.C., H.C., A.Y., C.T.; Design - A.C., A.Y.; Supervision - A.C., R.A., C.T.; Resource - A.C., A.Y., H.C.; Materials - A.C., H.C., A.Y., C.T.; Data Collection and/or Processing - A.C., H.C., A.Y., R.A., C.T.; Analysis and/or Interpretation - A.C., H.C., A.Y., C.T.; Literature

Search - A.C., H.C., A.Y., C.T.; Writing - A.C., H.C., A.Y., R.A., C.T.; Critical Reviews - A.C., R.A., C.T.

Conflict of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Financial Disclosure: The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.


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Ahmet Camtosun [iD], Huseyin Celik [iD], Ahmet Yildiz [iD], Ramazan Altintas [iD], Cemal Tasdemir [iD]

Department of Urology, Inonu University School of Medicine, Malatya, Turkey

ORCID IDs of the authors: A.C. 0000-0002-5390-9088; H.C. 0000-0002-7180-4845; A.Y. 0000-0003-2968-6758; R.A. 0000-0003-3145-3005; C.T. 0000-0001-5710-6891.

This study was presented at the 4th National Minimal Invasive Urological Surgery Congress, 3-6 March 2016, Antalya, Turkey

Corresponding Author: Ahmet Camtosun


Received: 22.06.2018

Accepted: 20.12.2018

Cite this article as: Camtosun A, Celik H, Yildiiz A, Altintas A, Tasdemir C. A Case of Hydatid Cyst Mimicking Kidney Tumor. Cyprus J Med Sci 2019; 4(1): 70-2.

DOI: 10.5152/cjms.2019.100
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Author:Camtosun, Ahmet; Celik, Huseyin; Yildiz, Ahmet; Altintas, Ramazan; Tasdemir, Cemal
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Date:Apr 1, 2019
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