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Ultrasound changes in abdominal echinococcosis treated with albendazole.

Authors
  • Sciarrino, E
  • Virdone, R
  • Lo Iacono, O
  • Fusco, G
  • Ricca, T
  • Cottone, M
  • Maringhini, A
  • Della Monica, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of clinical ultrasound : JCU
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
19
Issue
3
Pages
143–148
Identifiers
PMID: 1849920
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Fifty patients with 81 abdominal hydatid cysts were followed with ultrasound during and after treatment with albendazole. In 61 cysts (75%), regressive changes were observed after treatment. Detachment of the membrane and change to a solid pattern in anechoic cysts were observed. Disappearance of septa or change to a solid pattern in anechoic cysts with intracystic septation were also found. There was an increase of hyperechoic structures in cysts with a mixed pattern. Follow-up ultrasound examination showed disappearance of 7 cysts, while anechoic structures reappeared in five cases. In anechoic cysts, regressive changes due to albendazole seem to be permanent, but in cysts with a mixed pattern recurrences are sometimes observed.

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