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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 9821403, 5 pages
Case Report

Pancreatic Hydatid Cyst Causing Acute Pancreatitis: A Case Report and Literature Review

1Department of General Surgery, Al-Assad University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Damascus, Syria
2Laboratory of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Damascus, Damascus, Syria
3Faculty of Medicine, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria

Correspondence should be addressed to Bayan Alsaid

Received 29 November 2017; Accepted 12 February 2018; Published 5 March 2018

Academic Editor: Tahsin Colak

Copyright © 2018 Bayan Alsaid et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hydatidosis is a public health problem in endemic countries. Hydatid cysts are located usually in the liver and the lungs. Primary pancreatic hydatid cyst is in unusual location and rarely causes acute pancreatitis. In this paper, we report a case of a 34-year-old man who admitted with recurrent acute pancreatitis. Following the preoperation investigations, the primary impression was a pancreatic pseudocyst. During surgery, a primary hydatid cyst was detected in the pancreas measuring 35 × 20 × 15 cm. The treatment consisted of evacuation and external draining of the cyst. In addition, we summarized 14 cases of primary hydatid cyst of the pancreas associated with acute pancreatitis reported in the literature.