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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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BERBERIAN, Griselda et al. Echinococcosis in children: Experience in a tertiary care hospital outside the endemic area. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2017, vol.115, n.3, pp.282-286. ISSN 0325-0075.

Echinococcosis is a zoonotic disease that is widely spread across Argentina and worldwide. It is acquired during childhood but it is more common during adulthood. The pediatric population accounts for 10-20% of all cases. This study included 47 children diagnosed with echinococcosis over a 20-year period. Their median age was 8 years old (range: 3-17); most patients had some epidemiological history, such as having lived or living in an endemic or rural area and/or having dogs that are fed with viscera. Findings included 85% of single cysts in only one parenchyma. Cysts were most commonly located in the liver and lungs. Medical/surgical treatment was carried out in 45 patients (96%). Subsequent complications were observed in 13 patients (28%), which were more common in those with lung cysts. Three patients (6%) relapsed 1-24 months later and required a new surgery. No patient died as a result of the parasitic disease.

Keywords : Echinococcosis; Child.

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