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Hydatid disease is a well-known disease since ages. It was known to Hippocrates, who described it as "liver full of water". Hydatid disease more prevalent in Australia, New Zealand, South America, Russia, France, China, India, and the Middle East countries. [1,2] Echinococcosis (Hydatid disease) is a zoonosis caused by the larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus. Humans are accidental intermediate hosts, whereas animals can be both intermediate hosts and definitive hosts. The two main types of hydatid disease are caused by E. granulosus and E. multilocularis. The name of hydatid cyst was first used by Rudolphi and derived from Greek word "hydatid" meaning a drop of water. Sometimes inside the cysts, laminated membrane appear granular, hence the term granulosus. No organ in the body is immune to this disease. The disease occurs in the liver in 70% of cases, the lungs in 25% of cases and at other sites such as the spleen, kidney, pancreas, brain, ovary, mesentery, vertebra and soft tissue of the neck. Anaphylactic shock, cyst infection of the biliary tree and rupture into the peritoneum are the most severe complications.[R] Exposure of man at common place and the organism is endowed with many adaptive mechanisms for survival and perpetuation of the species. It has slow pace of growth in man but in the end either the parasite or the host must die. Humans are an end stage to the parasite, and it can occur in any age group. Early diagnosis is required to reduce the morbidity and mortality. Diagnosis is possible by serological and radiological investigations even at an early stage of disease. The treatment options for the disease vary from medical line of management to various surgical procedures which stand as challenge to surgeons and sometimes complicated by life threatening outcomes. This study included 41 patients with hydatid disease of liver from December 2016 to June 2018.

Aim of The Study

To study the clinical profile of hydatid disease of liver.

Objectives of The Study

* To study the various clinical presentations of hydatid disease of liver.

* To study the different diagnostic modalities of hydatid disease of liver.

* To study the outcome of conservative management and surgical intervention in hydatid disease of liver.


This observational study was performed in a prospective as well as retrospective manner in surgery department of Sri Aurobindo medical college & P.G Institute, Indore (M. P). All the patients admitted in surgery wards with hydatid disease of liver between the age group of 18 to 60 years were selected for prospective study from December 2016 to June 2018 (Duration 1 year & 6 months). For Retrospective study, the relevant data about the patients of Hydatid Disease of Liver were collected from Medical Records Department from June 2015 to December 2016(duration 1 year & 6 months). The following criteria were used for selection of patients. All the 41 patients those were included in this study after taking written informed consent.

Inclusion Criteria

* All patients presenting with hydatid disease of Liver above 18 years.

* All patients who are willing for the study.

* Patients with hydatid disease of liver (only liver).

These selected cases were noted down in the structured Proforma specially designed for this study with details of their demography, clinical features, radiological investigation used for diagnosis (USG, CT scan, both), line of management (Medical or surgical), type of surgical intervention performed (open surgery or laparoscopic surgery) and post- operative complications.

After data collection, the results thus obtained were tabulated & relevant statistical analysis was done and outcome of the various parameters was studied.


Our study on "Clinical profile of Hydatid Cyst of Liver" done in Surgery department of Sri Aurobindo Medical College and P.G. institute constituted of 41 patients out of which 21 patients were added prospectively while 20 patients were retrospectively collected from the Medical records department of our institute.


In our study we had patients of all age groups more than 18 years [as per inclusion criteria]. In our study, the youngest patient was of 19 years and the oldest age being 60 years. The commonest age group was between 41-50 years. We compared our study with the study done by R.B. Mehta et al, which included 48 patients of hydatid disease distributed in various age groups. In their study, they found the commonest age group was between 21-30 years of age (27.1%). While Palanivelu et al [5] in his study found that the youngest patient was of 14 years & oldest of 64 years & the mean age of patients was 38.6 years.

The distribution of disease between male and female was 70.7% and 29.3% respectively in our study. In Ahmed A et al, a study of 304 patients there were 34.5% male & 65.5% of female with hydatid disease. In R.B Mehta et al study females accounted for 43.7% and males constituted 56.3% and in Palanivelu et al there were 83.3% males and only 16.7% were females. Our study and Palanivelu et al study both showed male predominance with disease infestation.

In the present study, history of contact with animals was present in 70% of patients which is not in concordance with R.N. Sibal et al, study of 43 cases where history of contact with dog or sheep was present in 32.6% of patients. In S.K. Bhobhate et al study 49.4% of patients gave history of contact with dog or sheep. Moreover, poor personal hygiene, usage of unwashed vegetables, unwashed hands, and low socioeconomic status adds to the risk. Agriculture was the most common occupation of our patients (36.6%) followed by housewife (24.4%). G.H. Upadhyaya et al [9] also reported in their study that most patients with hydatid disease were labourers with a low socioeconomic status. Thus, occupation like agriculture and low socioeconomic status where exposure to animals and poor personal hygiene practice is common.

In the present study, the commonest symptom of hydatid cyst of liver was mass per abdomen in 21 patients (51.2%) followed by pain in abdomen in 20 patients (48.8%) and nausea in 34.1% & dyspepsia in 24.4% while the least common complaint was jaundice present in only 1(4.9%) patient. In study by Palanivelu et al, majority of the patients (51.5%) had pain as their presenting complaint followed by Nausea & dyspepsia in 22.7%. While in the study by R.V.S. Yadav et al., 85.7% patients had mass and 61.4% had pain in abdomen which is comparable with our study. Whereas that by Ahmed A. et al study showed pain to be the most common symptom 74% followed by mass in 53% cases. The presentation of cases with mass could be due to the fact that most patients neglected their aching pain or took on the counter analgesics and never consulted their doctors due to ignorance or low financial status.

In our study the right lobe harboured the cyst in 61.0% cases and the left in 34.1% & 4.9% of the patients had disease in both lobes. In the study by Palanivelu et al, 54.5% patients had cysts in right Lobe and 39.4% patients had cyst in left lobe while 6.1% of the patients had cysts in both lobes of liver and in the study done by R.V.S. Yadav et al, 65% patients had cysts in right lobe and 18% had in left lobe and that in Ahmed A. et al study 78% patients had cysts in right lobe and only 13% of cases in left lobe. Thus, our study is comparable & comes to a conclusion that the Right lobe of liver is more commonly involved in hydatid disease of liver.

In our study 22 (53.7%) patients underwent laparoscopic surgery, 13 (31.7%) patients underwent open surgery, 1 (2.4%) patient underwent PAIR and 5 (12.2%) patients received expectant treatment while Yagci et al did a study of 355 patients and managed all of them with a surgical approach, found that of all patients, Open surgery was done in 185 patients (52.0%), laparoscopic in 30(8.4%) patients while PAIR was done in 130 (36.6%) patients.

In our study, 9 (25.0%) patients underwent laparoscopic deroofing with omentoplasty, 6 (16.7%) patients underwent marsupialization, 5 (13.9%) patients underwent marsupialization with omentoplasty, 5 (13.9%) patients underwent cystopericystectomy, 4 (11.1%) patients underwent cystopericystectomy with omentoplasty, 3 (8.3%) patients underwent enucleation with external drainage, 2 (5.6%) patients underwent capitonnage, and 1 (2.8%) patient each underwent enucleation with capitonnage and PAIR. Majority of the patients underwent laparoscopic deroofing with omentoplasty & marsupialization.

In study by Ahmed A. et al, shows 40.1% patients underwent external drainage and 13.2% underwent omentoplasty. The rest of the patients underwent some other procedures, most commonly capitonnage. The study by R.V.S. Yadav et al shows 36.7 % patients underwent external drainage and only 1.7% patients underwent omentoplasty.

On comparison of our study with the above 2 studies, enucleation with external tube drainage, omentoplasty & capitonnage was the common procedure adopted to deal with the pathology.

While in the Palanivelu Hydatid System (PHS) [5] specifically designed to prevent spillage of hydatid fluid for laparoscopic management of hydatid cysts, a specially designed trocar was used to obtain a totally contamination-free management of liver hydatid disease.

In our study, postoperative complications were seen in total 14 cases (39.9%) some patients had more than one complication i.e. fever with wound infection etc. All our patients were followed up every month after discharge for a minimum period of 6 months for persistent symptoms and/or other complications of disease or surgery. Various reports in the literature reveal a recurrence rate varying from 0.9% to 22% for open surgery. [6] We also calculated the duration of hospital stay of our patients and found that the mean hospital stay was 8.4 + 4.6 days and majority of the patients were discharged within 7 days followed by 7-14 days. In the study done by Ahmed et al [7], he found that the average hospital stay was longer in the tube drainage group as compared with the other groups. In Ahmed et al [7] study.


Hydatid disease of liver is more commonly seen in middle aged & elderly age group, males, low socioeconomic status, and in individuals involved in agriculture. There is usually history of contact with animals. Mass per abdomen was the most common presenting feature in liver hydatid. Most common location of liver hydatid was found to be right lobe. Majority of liver hydatids was treated laparoscopically which is an optimum treatment in our institute. Outcome of the patient correlates with the type of treatment received. Infection and biliary fistula were the common complications post operatively in liver hydatid. Recurrence was observed in the follow up of patients during the study period and no mortality was documented. All the patients with complications were managed accordingly & were discharged satisfactorily. Laparoscopic technique is safe and simple as compared to open abdominal surgery the advantage being prevention of intraperitoneal spillage of cyst contents.

DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2019/388

'Financial or Other Competing Interest': None.

Submission 14-04-2019, Peer Review 18-05-2019, Acceptance 24-05-2019, Published 03-06-2019.


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Corresponding Author:

Dr. Anurag Jain, #27, Anand Bagichi, Agrawal Nagar, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.


Siddharth Shinde (1), Anurag Jain (2), Rajiv Jain (3), Akhilesh Patel (4)

(1) Resident, Department of Surgery, Sri Aurobindo Medical College and PG Institute, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.

(2) Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Government Medical College, Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, India.

(3) Professor, Department of Surgery, Sri Aurobindo Medical College and PG Institute, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.

(4) Resident, Department of Surgery, Sri Aurobindo Medical College and PG Institute, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Table 1. Distribution of Patients According to Age

The above table shows the distribution of patients according to age.
Majority of the patients were in the age group 41-50 years (26.8%).

Age Group     Number   Percentage

19-20 years      1         2.4
21-30 years     10        24.4
31-40 years     10        24.4
41-50 years     11        26.8
51-60 years      9        22.0
Total           41       100.0

Table 2. Distribution of Patients According to Sex

The above table shows the distribution of patients according to sex.
There were 29 (70.7%) males in our study, showing a male

Sex      Number   Percentage

Male       29        70.7
Female     12        29.3
Total      41       100.0

Table 3. Distribution of Patients According to Occupation

The above table shows the distribution of patients according to
occupation. Majority of our patients were farmers, 15 (36.6%)
followed by housewives.

Occupation            Number   Percentage

Famers                  15        36.6
Housewife               10        24.4
Self-business            7        17.1
Student                  5        12.2
Government Employee      2         4.9
Private Employee         2         4.9
Total                   41       100.0

Table 4. Distribution of Patients According to
History of Contact with Animals

The above table shows the distribution of patients according to
history of contact with animals. 29 (70.7%) patients had significant
history of contact with animals.

H/o Contact with Animals   Number   Percentage

Yes                          29        70.7
No                           12        29.3
Total                        41       100.0

Table 5. Distribution of Patients According to
Presenting Complaints

21 (51.2%) patients presented with complaints of abdominal mass,
In majority of the patients 21 (51.2%) presented with complaints of
abdominal mass, followed by abdominal pain, nausea, dyspnoea as
most common presenting complaints.

Presenting Complaints   Number   Percentage

Abdominal mass            21        51.2
Abdominal pain            20        48.8
Nausea                    14        34.1
Dyspepsia                 10        24.4
Fever                     8         19.5
Pruritus                  6         14.6
Jaundice                  2         4.9
Cough                     1         2.4

Table 6. Distribution of Patients According to
Location of Hydatid Cyst

In majority of the patients 25 (61.0%), location of hydatid cyst was
Right lobe.

Location     Number   Percentage

Right lobe     25        61.0
Left lobe      14        34.1
Both lobes      2         4.9
Total          41       100.0

Table 7. Distribution of Patients According to Type of Surgery

Majority of the patients underwent laparoscopic deroofing with
omentoplasty and marsupialization.


Type of Surgery                         Number   Percentage

Deroofing with omentoplasty               9        25.0
Marsupialization                          6        16.7
Marsupialization with omentoplasty        5        13.9
Cystopericystectomy                       5        13.9
Cystopericystectomy with omentoplasty     4        11.1
Enucleation with external drainage        3         8.3
Capitonnage                               2         5.6
Enucleation with capitonnage              1         2.8
Pair                                      1         2.8
Total                                    36       100.0

Table 8. Distribution of Patients According to
Postoperative Complications

Out of 36 patients, 14 (38.8%) had postoperative complications in
which most common was fever 5 (13.8%) followed by biliary fistula,
respiratory & port site infection.


Postoperative complications   Number   Percentage

Fever                           5        13.8
Biliary fistula                 4        11.1
Fever with wound infection      2         5.5
Basal atelectasis with          1         2.7
  wound infection
Pneumonitis with fever          1         2.7
Port site infection             1         2.7
Total                          14        38.8%

Table 9. Distribution of Patients According to Outcome

Majority of the patients were discharged satisfactorily. Recurrence
rate was low (9.8%)

Outcome                                 Number   Percentage

Discharged satisfactorily                 25        60.9
Discharged after ERCP stenting             4         9.8
Needed surgery in long-term follow-up      5        12.2
Discharged after prolonged wound           3         7.3
Recurrence                                 4         9.8
Total                                     41       100.0

Table 10. Distribution of Patients According to
Duration of Hospital Stay

17 (41.5%) had a hospital stay of 3-7 days & Majority of the
patients had hospital stay of less than 7 days. The mean
hospital stay was 8.42 [+ or -] 4.66 days.

Duration of Hospital Stay   Number   Percentage

<= 3 days                      5        12.2
3-7 days                      17        41.5
7-14 days                     14        34.1
>14 days                       5        12.2
Total                         41       100.0

Table 11. Age Incidence in Vario us Studies

              Present Study (%)   R.B. Mehta et al

Age in Year        (n=41)            (n=48) [4]

21-30               24.4                27.1
31-40               24.4                18.8
41-50               26.8                18.8
51-60               22.0                 6.3
> 60                 --                  4.2

Table 12. Sex Incidence in Various Studies

         Present study   R.B. Mehta   Ahmed A.    Palanivelu
              (%)        et al [4]    et al [6]   et al [5]

            (n=41)         (n=48)      (n=304)      (n=66)

Male         70.7           56.3        34.5         83.3
Female       29.3           43.7        65.5         16.7

Table 13. History of Contact with Animals in Various Studies

          Present Study   R. N. Sibal [7]      S. K.
             (n=41)           (n=43)        Bhobhate [8]

Present       70.7             32.6             49.4
Absent        29.3             67.4             50.6

Table 14. Common Symptoms of Liver Hydatid Disease in
Various Studies

Symptoms        Present Study    R. V. S. Yadav       Ahmed A. et
                   (n=41)       et al. [10] (n=70)   al [6] (n=304)

Mass                51.2               85.7                55
Pain                48.8               61.4                74
Nausea              34.1                --                 --
Dyspepsia           24.4                --                 --
Fever               19.5               35.7               22.7
Pruritus            14.6                --                 --
Jaundice             4.9               12.8               5.9
Acute abdomen        --                 --                 1
Asymptomatic         --                 --                9.5

Symptoms        Present Study   Palanivelu et
                   (n=41)       al [5] (n=66)

Mass                51.2            19.7
Pain                48.8            51.5
Nausea              34.1            22.7
Dyspepsia           24.4
Fever               19.5             1.5
Pruritus            14.6             --
Jaundice             4.9             --
Acute abdomen        --
Asymptomatic         --              4.6

Table 15. Location of Hydatid Cyst in Liver in Various Studies

Location     Present Study    R. V. S. Yadav      Ahmed A. et
              (%) (n=41)     et al [10] (n=60)   al [6] (n=304)

Right lobe       61.0               65                78.3
Left lobe        34.1              18.3               13.5
Both lobes        4.9              11.7               8.2

Location     Present Study   Palanivelu et
              (%) (n=41)     al [5] (n=66)

Right lobe       61.0            54.5
Left lobe        34.1            39.4
Both lobes        4.9             6.1

Table 16. Type of Treatment Received by
Patients in Various Studies

Type of Treatment   Present Study     Yagci G et
                       (n=41)       al [11] (n=355)

Laparoscopic            53.7              8.4
Open                    31.7             52.0
PAIR                     2.4             36.6
Expectant               12.2               -

Table 17. Treatment of Liver Hydatid Cyst
According to Type of Surgery in Various Studies

                               Present     Ahmed A     R. V. S.
Type of Surgery               Study (%)   et al [6]   Yadav et al
                               (n=41)      (n=304)    (n=60) [10]

Marsupialization                26.8        28.6          --
a)Without omentoplasty          14.6
b)With omentoplasty             12.2
Deroofing with omentoplasty     22.0         --           --
Cystopericystectomy             22.0         --           --
a)Without omentoplasty          12.2
b)With omentoplasty              9.8
Omentoplasty                    43.9        13.2          1.7
Enucleation with                 7.3        43.4         56.7
a)External drainage              4.9        40.1         36.7
b)Capitonnage                    2.4         3.3         20.0
Only Capitonnage                 4.8        32.9          6.6
Pair                             2.4        33.2          --

Table 18. Post-Operative Complications of Liver Hydatid in
Various Studies

Postoperative            Present    Ahmed A     Palanivelu
Complication              Study    et al. [6]   et al [5]
                         (n=41)     (n=304)       (n=60)

Infection (Fever, port    24.3        47.7         3.2
  site infection and
  wound infection)
Biliary fistula            9.7        8.2          13.6
Complication (Basal        4.9        1.1
  & pneumonitis)

Type of Treatment               Mean [+ or -] SD (Hospital
                                      Stay in Days)

Tube drainage (Infected)            27.9 [+ or -] 7.9
Tube drainage (Uncomplicated)       16.1 [+ or -] 3.0
Capitonnage                         11.2 [+ or -] 2.8
Omentoplasty                        11.2 [+ or -] 2.6
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Author:Shinde, Siddharth; Jain, Anurag; Jain, Rajiv; Patel, Akhilesh
Publication:Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences
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Date:Jun 3, 2019

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