Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007; 55(8): 525-527
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-924503
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Hydatid Disease of the Ribs Mimicking Pancoast Tumor: Report of Two Cases

H. Akin1 , O. Aysun1 , H. Melek1 , B. Medetoglu1 , I. Dincer1
  • 1Yedikule Teaching Hospital For Chest Diseases and Chest Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey
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Publication History

Received June 11, 2006

Publication Date:
19 November 2007 (online)


Although hydatid disease is rarely seen in the Western world, it is still an important health issue in sheep-raising areas of the world, including South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South America [[1]]. The most commonly involved organs are the liver and the lung, but it may involve any organ in the body [[2]]. Hydatid disease of the bone, especially of the ribs, has rarely been reported in the literature [[3]]. When located in the superior sulcus it can easily be mistaken for a Pancoast tumor. In areas where hydatid disease is endemic, such as Turkey, it should be included in the differential diagnosis of apical lesions. In this study, we report on two cases of hydatid disease involving the apical ribs and mimicking a Pancoast tumor.


Dr. Hasan Akin

Diseases and Chest Surgery
Yedikule Teaching Hospital for Chest

Balikli Yolu, Zeytinburnu

34670 Istanbul