Table of Contents
HPB Surgery
Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 253-260

The Postoperative Appearance of the Liver on Ultrasonography Following Hydatid Cyst Surgery

1Departments of Gastroenterology and Surgery, Agean University, Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey
2Department of Surgery, Agean University, Faculty of Medicine, Bornova, Izmir 35100, Turkey

Received 8 November 1989

Copyright © 1990 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.


The postoperative ultrasound pattern in 33 patients with previous surgery for unilocular hydatid disease of the liver was investigated. Each patient was submitted to liver scanning with 99mTc pertecnatate, as well as to real time ultrasound examination. The patients were divided into three groups according to the type of surgery performed, namely; omentopexy, introflexion and omentoplexy with introflexion. Postoperative liver scans revealed defects similar to those detected during initial diagnosis in 88% of the patients, regardless of the surgical procedure performed. On the contrary, ultrasonography gave separate specific patterns for each surgical procedure.