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Case Report

A case of hepatic alveolar echinococcosis contracted in Belgium

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We report herein the case of a Belgian 76-year-old woman who developed a hepatic tumour suspected to be a breast cancer metastasis. Radiological imaging and guided biopsies were not contributive. The patient underwent an explorative laparoscopy with frozen sections that did not provide further diagnosis, and an open left bisegmentectomy was performed during the same anaesthesia. Histopathological examination of the hepatic mass showed Echinococcus multilocularis metacestodes, demonstrating alveolar echinococcosis. As our patient denied any travel in foreign countries and has undergone regular abdominal ultrasonographies since her mastectomy, it is highly likely that this alveolar echinococcosis had been contracted in Belgium. If some imported cases may be seldom managed in Belgium, to our knowledge, this case is the first occurrence of alveolar echinococcosis contracted in Belgium. This report, added to the demonstration of E. multilocaris infection of 50% of red foxes in Southern Belgium, and the potential infection of domestic cats and dogs, should attract attention of the medical community on the possible outbreak of endemic alveolar echinococcosis in Belgium, and on the related public health concerns. [Product Details...]

Endoscopic removal of a pedunculated early duodenal cancer : diagnostic value of endoscopic ultrasound

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A 79-year-old Japanese woman was admitted to our hospital evaluation of a polypoid lesion in the second portion of the duodenum. Radiographic and endoscopic examinations of the upper gastrointestinal tract indicated that this mass was pedunculated and had a nodular surface. Endoscopic ultrasonography demonstrated a hypoechoic tumor limited to the mucosa without lymph node involvement. Endoscopic polypectomy was performed. Histologic examination showed a tubular adenocarcinoma arising in an adenoma with invasion limited to the mucosa. Findings were consistent with complete endoscopic resection. Follow-up over 12-month period has disclosed no evidence of tumor recurrence. Endoscopic polypectomy using information from endoscopic ultrasonography would appear to be a safe and effective method for diagnosis and treatment of pedunculated early duodenal cancers. [Product Details...]

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