Hydatid disease of the liver caused by the larval form of Echinococcus granulosus still remains a common and challenging problem in Turkey. Operative treatment is the most common and well known option. Percutaneous aspiration, injection and reaspiration (PAIR) has resulted as an alternative treatment to sur¬gery and is becoming popular. Therefore, the treatment of hydatid cyst has been shifted from traditional surgical approach to less invasive PAIR. Large cysts with multiple daughter cysts, cysts communicating with the biliary tree, cysts exerting pressure on vital organs and single superficial hepatic cysts are indications for surgical treatment. While preoperative albendazol treatment is planned to decrease the cyst viability before surgery or percutanaeous drainage, postoperative chemotherapy is administered to reduce recurrence rates. PAIR is a promising treatment approach but randomised clinical trials with long follow-up are required to decide its efficiency. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and indications of different treatment modalities in the management of liver hydatid cyst.
Liver, hydatid disease, percutaneous drainage, treatment modality