Case Report

Echinococcal disease of the bone: An unusual cause of a pathological fracture

Matthew Goodier, Grace Rubin
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 14, No 4 | a458 | DOI: | © 2010 Matthew Goodier, Grace Rubin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 February 2010 | Published: 07 December 2010

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Matthew Goodier, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Grace Rubin, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Echinococcosis is caused by the larva of the tapeworm, Echinococcus granulosus or Echinococcus multiloccularis and is endemic in many rural areas of Southern Africa. Echinococcosis of the bone is an unusual manifestation of echinococcal disease and a rare cause of a lytic lesion of bone. This report describes a 30-yr old female who presented with an Echinococcal cyst of the right radius complicated by a pathological fracture.


Echinococcus; Hydatid; pathological fracture


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