Bengaluru: The doctors of a private hospital were recently able to relieve a 12-year old boy from Iraq of 160 cysts in his heart. Dr. Vivek Jawali, Chief Cardiothoracic, and the vascular surgeon said that the patient underwent the four-hour-long surgery procedure well. Dr. Jawali along with Paediatric cardiac surgeon, Dr. Nischal Rajendra Pandya had led the team of doctors at Fortis Hospital during the procedure.
Hydatid disease or hydatid cysts is a potentially serious and fatal infection that is parasitic and occurs mainly in the regions of the world where sheep rearing takes place. This can be cured only if the patient receives the right treatment at the right time and with the right technique.
Cases of intracardiac hydatid cysts are quite unusual, according to Dr. Pandya.
“The boy was in contact with sheep and dogs which had led to the transmission of the disease,” said Dr. Jawali.
In normal cases, the infections are seen to progress from the gut to the lungs. But in this case, it was quite different.
In the Middle Eastern countries, it is widely endemic, but it seldom occurs during childhood.
The liver is usually involved in this case, which consists of 5070 percent or the lungs which accounts for 2030 percent. Accounting to less than 2 percent of cases, isolated intracardiac hydatids are quite uncommon, as stated.