Spinal hydatid disease


The spinal cord is a rare site of Hydatid disease infection, but this hypothesis should be included in the differential diagnosis especially in endemic areas and in patients who have traveled to some of these areas.

Clinically, the patient may present with back pain associated with spinal cord compression signs.

Tuberculous spondylodiskitis and lymphoma can be included in differential diagnosis. Other possibilities are included in immunosuppression patients, such as Kaposi sarcoma and other opportunistic infections.


Georgia Silva1, Kelly Neves2, Neomir Fabris3, Ronnie Peterson M Alves2, Rene Lenhardt2

1 MD, MSc, Radiologist, 2 MD, Neuroradiologist, 3 MD, Radiologist Resident

Centro de Diagnóstico por Imagem, Hospital Dom Vicente Scherer, Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Porto Alegre