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May 15, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(20):1704-1705. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.92780200001007

Hydatid disease of the kidney is rare in this country. Approximately thirty cases have been reported from the United States.1 The rarity of this condition, the difficulty of diagnosis and the grave postoperative complications make this report of general interest.


History.  —B. P., a white man, aged 31, born in Russia and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been living in New York State for the last thirteen years. Neither his parents nor he himself was ever engaged in farming or cattle raising activities. He has had no venereal disease and no serious ailments. His present complaint dates back seven years, when he began to experience pain in the right kidney region, with spells of vomiting, nausea and occasional hematuria. These attacks recurred at intervals of every few months to a year, followed by discharge of "bubbles" and shreds in the urine. He