Case Report

Unusual cause of paraplegia in a child of 5 years

Nausheen Khan, Irma Vandewerke
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 18, No 1 | a594 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v18i1.594 | © 2014 Nausheen Khan, Irma Vandewerke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 March 2014 | Published: 04 July 2014

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Nausheen Khan, Department of Radiology, Kalafong Hospital and University of Pretoria, South Africa
Irma Vandewerke, Department of Radiology, Kalafong Hospital and University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

‘Hydatid’ originates from the Greek word meaning ‘watery vesicle’. It refers to a cyst formed as a result of infestation by larvae of the tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus, endemic to sheep-raising areas of the world. Humans are an accidental intermediary host, with lungs and liver most commonly affected. Hydatid involvement of the spine accounts for less than 1% of the total cases of hydatid disease and isolated extradural involvement is even rarer. We report a case of extradural hydatid cyst involving a boy of 5 years.

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