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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 14(2); 2003 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2003;14(2): 210-215.
A Case of Hydatid Disease Diagnosed in Anaphylatic Shock of Unknown Cause
Kyoung Woon Jeoung, Young Ho Ko, Hyun Chang Kim, Jun Sun Wi, Jung Mi Moon, Byeong Jo Chun, Tag Heo, Young Il Min
Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea. minyi@chonnam.ac.kr
Hydatid disease is a parasitic infection caused by the Echinococcal species. Humans are intermediate hosts and become infected directly by contact with canines or indirectly by contact with food, water, and contaminated objects. This disease involves multiple organs, including liver, lung, heart, muscle, bone, kidney, and brain. Rupture of a hydatid cyst, which is the most common complication of this disease, can cause serious sequelae, including allergic reaction, secondary infection, biliary obstruction, and metastasis. The hydatid disease occurs principally in areas of cattle and sheep ranching. In Korea, this disease is rare, and only a few cases have been reported. We report a case of hydatid disease with anaphylactic shock and suggest that hydatid cyst complications must be kept in mind when dealing with patients who have a history associated with an endemic region.
Key words: Hydatid disease, Anaphylactic shock
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