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Echinococcosis in both heart and lungs, the first case reported in Albania.

Authors
  • Maliqari, Numila1
  • Teneqexhi, Loreta1
  • Koja, Albert1
  • Veshti, Altin2
  • Baboci, Arben2
  • Haxhiu, Albana1
  • Kuci, Saimir2
  • Ibrahimi, Alfred2
  • Cela, Durim3
  • Vanini, Vittorio4
  • 1 Pediatric Cardiology Department, University Hospital Centre "Mother Teresa" Tirana, Tirana, Albania. , (Albania)
  • 2 Cardio Surgery Department, University Hospital Centre "Mother Teresa" Tirana, Tirana, Albania. , (Albania)
  • 3 Diagnostic Imaging Department, University Hospital Centre "Mother Teresa" Tirana, Tirana, Albania. , (Albania)
  • 4 Heart of Children Foundation, Bergamo, Italy. , (Italy)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cardiology in the Young
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2021
Volume
31
Issue
11
Pages
1819–1822
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1017/S1047951121000998
PMID: 33752766
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

An 11-year-old male was admitted with cough and fever for the last 4 days and also complained of pain in the right lung for some weeks. The boy did not show any other symptoms and his past medical history was unremarkable as well. The radiologist findings showed an aspect that suggested for echinococcosis.At first, it was realised the heart intervention. About a 2-month period later, the child underwent another cyst removal in lung. He had begun taking albendazole 5 days before the heart intervention. The therapy was continued until the lung intervention and for 12 weeks post-operatively. The patient had an uneventful recovery and after about 4 years.

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