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Hydatid bone disease is a zoonotic parasitic infection that is caused primarily by the tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus, and it continues to be a major public health concern in pastoral regions. The reconstruction of limb function after limb salvage surgery remains a challenge for clinicians. The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical efficacy of palliative treatment of the management of advanced pelvic hydatid bone disease. From March 2005 to December 2018, medical records and images of patients with advanced pelvic hydatid bone disease treated with surgery combined with antiparasitic chemotherapy were evaluated retrospectively. The Enneking classification was applied to determine the location of the lesion, and the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society score system was used for outcome evaluation. Fifteen patients who met the criteria were included in this study, with a mean follow-up of 4.40 ± 1.76 years. All patients received treatment with surgery combined with antiparasitic chemotherapy. The mean number of surgical interventions per patient for pelvic cystic echinococcosis was 5.3 (range, 2-9 interventions per patient). Recurrence of pelvic hydatid bone disease occurred in 5 patients and was managed successfully through repeated debridement procedures. Palliative treatment with limb salvage surgery was an effective and practical approach to the management of advanced pelvic hydatid bone disease. Standard antiparasitic chemotherapy, which included albendazole at a dose of 10 mg/kg/day administered in two daily doses for 3 to 6 months, was also considered an essential part of the overall treatment strategy.


Haopeng Luan, Kai Liu, Qi Tian, Yuanxin Chen, Cong Peng, Xiaoyue Sun, Xinghua Song. Palliative Treatment for the Management of Advanced Pelvic Hydatid Bone Disease. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 2023 Sep 06;109(3):645-649

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PMID: 37524327

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