An Autochthonous Case of Echinococcus Vogeli Rausch & Bernstein, 1972 Polycystic Echinococcosis in the State of Rondônia, Brazil

Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz. 2002 Jan;97(1):123-6. doi: 10.1590/s0074-02762002000100022.


The present case report refers to a patient from the State of Rondônia, North region of Brazil, attended with clinical suspicion of hepatic echinococcosis. Examination by imaging (ultrasonography and computerized tomography) revealed a conglomerate of cystic lesions, with mobile contents within the cyst. The serology (immunoblot) for Echinococcus sp. was positive (21 and 31 kDa bands). This case is the first reported in Rondônia, suggesting the need to investigate the polycystic echinococcosis in individuals with hepatic cysts from areas of tropical forest and hunting habits where wild life was present as wild dogs, cats and rodents, particularly Agouti paca (paca) and Dasyprocta aguti (agouti).

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild / parasitology
  • Brazil
  • Cysts / parasitology
  • Echinococcosis, Hepatic / diagnosis*
  • Echinococcosis, Hepatic / parasitology
  • Echinococcus / isolation & purification*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged