Spontaneous expulsion of a pulmonary hydatid cyst through bronchial rupture

Trop Doct. 2018 Oct;48(4):350-352. doi: 10.1177/0049475518789550. Epub 2018 Aug 6.


The management of a pulmonary echinococcal cyst consists mainly of medical treatment with a scolicidal agent such as albendazole and surgical extirpation. Rarely, a pulmonary cyst may rupture into a bronchus and be spontaneously expelled. This may result in seeding elsewhere in the bronchial tree, or even the alimentary tract, but occasionally, as in our case, may result in a cure.

Keywords: Asia; Parasitic infection; respiratory tract.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Albendazole / therapeutic use
  • Anticestodal Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bronchi / pathology*
  • Echinococcosis, Pulmonary / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rupture, Spontaneous
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anticestodal Agents
  • Albendazole