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Surgical treatment of hepatic cystic echinococcosis in patients co-infected with HIV/AIDS

  • B. Ran (a1), Y. Shao (a1), Y. Guo (a2), Y. Yimiti (a1), T. Aji (a1), J. Jia (a2), P. Shayiding (a1), T. Jiang (a1), L. Cheng (a1), J. Li (a1) (a3), D.P. McManus (a3), W. Zhang (a1) (a3) and H. Wen (a1)...

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Co-infections of cystic echinococcosis (CE) and HIV/AIDS is rare. We report four CE cases that were HIV positive. Three out of the four patients underwent a surgical operation to remove the hydatid cysts in their livers. The operation confirmed that in two of the cases their cysts had ruptured. These patients were given 3 months of albendazole after the operation. Follow-up showed they were remarkably improved in term of their health, although they were still HIV antibody positive 6 months after surgical treatment. Interestingly, the treatment remarkably increased their CD4+ cell population. We showed that surgery is suitable for treating hepatic cystic echinococcosis with HIV/AIDS co-infection.

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