HYDATID disease of the lung is relatively rare in the United States, but it is endemic and very common in sheep-raising countries, such as Australia, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, Ireland, Argentina, Uruguay, Syria, and Algiers. The global travels of the war veterans and the ease and popularity of foreign travel may lead to a relative increase of the disease in this country. Hydatid disease of the lung must be seriously considered in the differential diagnosis of intrathoracic pulmonary lesions.
The following case report of a pulmonary Echinococcus cyst in a war veteran in whom the diagnosis was made six years after discharge from the service seems of sufficient rarity and interest to review.
REPORT OF CASE
F. P., a 29-year-old white prison guard, entered the hospital on Nov. 19, 1951, with a chief complaint of "spitting up blood" of 10 months' duration.The history revealed that the patient served with
LEWIS JE, HURWITZ A. PULMONARY ECHINOCOCCUS CYSTReport of a Case. AMA Arch Surg. 1954;69(5):746-751. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01270050150026