Purpose: Ten years' experience is analyzed in pediatric patients with pulmonary hydatid cysts.
Methods: Between 1990 and 2000, 33 pediatric patients (2 to 15 years of age) with pulmonary hydatid cysts were operated on in Department of Thoracic Surgery in Ankara University School of Medicine. There were 17 girls and 16 boys.
Results: Twenty-three cases presented as a solitary lung cyst, whereas the remaining 10 were found to have multiple cysts in one or both lungs. Cystotomy and capitonnage were performed in 25 patients, cystotomy was done in 6 patients, and only 2 patients underwent the wedge resection. The authors used no scoliocidal agent in our approach. There was no operative mortality. Recurrence after operation was seen in one patient.
Conclusion: Pulmonary hydatid cysts in children can be treated successfully by cystotomy and capitonnage or only cystotomy. J Pediatr Surg 36:917-920.
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