Hydatid cyst of the lumbosacral spine with large pelvic mass

Acta Neurol (Napoli). 1993 Jun;15(3):215-21.


A rare case of hydatid cyst of the lumbosacral spine, causing extensive destruction of the sacrum and a large pelvis mass, is reported; a cutaneous fistula from the pelvic cavity to the posterior lumbar region was also present. The patient was studied by computerized tomography and operated on by combined anterior and posterior approach. The sacral localization of the spinal hydatidosis and its extension into the pelvic cavity are unusual. CT and MR allow a good definition of the bone destruction and the abdominal and pelvic extensions. Radical removal of spinal hydatid cysts may be rarely accomplished, because of the extensive bone invasion, and multiple recurrences, requiring repeating operations, occur in most cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Echinococcosis / diagnosis*
  • Echinococcosis / parasitology
  • Echinococcosis / physiopathology
  • Echinococcosis / surgery
  • Fistula
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Pain / complications
  • Pain / drug therapy
  • Pelvis / diagnostic imaging
  • Pelvis / physiopathology*
  • Pelvis / surgery
  • Prognosis
  • Sacrum / diagnostic imaging
  • Sacrum / physiopathology
  • Spinal Diseases / complications
  • Spinal Diseases / physiopathology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents