The infrequent occurrence of hydatids of the lung in North America prompts the recording of 2 cases and a review of the recent literature. Although echinococcus disease is prevalent in Australia, Iceland, South America and some of the Mediterranean countries, only 44 cases of pulmonary and pleural echinococcus cysts are to be found in the literature of the United States and Canada. Thirty-four of these cases were collected in 1930 by Phillips,1 who added 2 cases of his own. The 8 cases subsequently reported or referred to and the 2 cases reported in this article make a total of 46 known cases.
The nativity of a few of the patients whose cases have been reported is not known; yet it is of interest that hydatid disease of the lung has occurred in only 5 patients known to have been born in North America (Garrett,2 Magath,3 Phillips' case,
HAIGHT C, ALEXANDER J. HYDATID CYSTS OF THE LUNG. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;65(3):510–523. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190090047004
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