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HPB Surgery
Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 129-133

Hydatid Cysts of Liver and Portal Hypertension

1Departments of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Hepatology, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Çapa, Istanbul, Turkey
29-10 Mah A7B 95, Atakōy, Istanbul 34750, Turkey

Received 17 January 1989

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Two cases of portal hypertension due to hydatid cysts of the liver are reported. In one of the patients, symptoms were secondary to obstruction of inferior vena cava and hepatic outflow tract. The other patient was operated on with a diagnosis of extrahepatic presinusoidal portal hypertension caused by extrinsic compression of the liver by an hydatid cyst. Although hydatidosis is a benign disease, it can produce serious complications as in these reported cases. Therefore hydatidosis should be remembered amongst the causes of portal hypertension in countries where the disease is endemic.