January 1974

Hepatic Calcification Due to Fasciola gigantica

Author Affiliations

From Unité de Chirurgie Hépato-biliaire, Hôpital Paul-Brousse, Villejuif (Drs. Grange and Bismuth), Service d'Hépato-gastroentérologie, Hôpital Henri-Mondor, Créteil (Drs. Dhumeaux and Bader), and Laboratoire de Parasitologie, Hôpital de Bicêtre, Kremlin-Bicêtre (Dr. Couzineau).

Arch Surg. 1974;108(1):113-115. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350250099026

A woman, who had lived in equatorial Africa, complained of pain in the right hypochondrium. Roentgenography revealed a calcified mass in the liver. The mass was removed surgically and was found to contain eggs of Fasciola gigantica, a fluke that rarely infests humans. The roentgenographic appearance of the lesion (its large size, uneven density, and polycyclic configuration) was distinct from that produced by other causes of hepatic calcification.