• V. A. Shaprinsky
  • O. O. Vorovsky
  • О. О. Kamins’kyy
  • A. V. Verba
  • A. M. Formanchuk
  • Yu. A. Mironishen
  • A. I. Chernichenko
Keywords: liver, echinococcosis, echinococсectomy, pericystectomy


Summary. The purpose: to analyze the results of treatment of patients with liver echinococcosis.

Materials and methods: results of treatment of 76 patients with echinococcosis of the liver were analyzed, women — 66 (86,8 %), men — 10 (13,2 %). Primary echinococcosis was detected in 73 (96,1 %) patients, secondary — in 3 (3,9 %). Among instrumental research methods, ultrasound and computed tomography examination were of diagnostic value. Single liver cysts were found in 66 (86,8 %) patients, multiple — in 10 (13,2 %). Among patients with solitary cysts, the right lobe was more often affected in 56 (73,7 %) patients than the left — 20 (26,3 %) cases. Echinococcosis complications were observed in 16 (21,1 %) patients. Among them, most often there were suppurations of the cyst — in 13 (17,1 %); a break of the cyst in the free abdominal cavity — in 1 (1,3 %), in the pleural cavity — 1 (1,3 %), in the biliary tract — in 1 (1,3 %). In 20 (26,3 %) cases, the operation was performed from the upper median access, in 46 (60,5%) — from oblique hypochondriac accesses by Kocher or by Fedorov. Pericystectomy was performed in 52 (68,4 %) patients, in 8 (10,5 %) patients had resections of liver segments with an echinococcal cyst, in 4 (5,3 %) — cyst opening with removal of contents and treatment of its cavity. Laparoscopic echinococectomy was used in 12 (15,8 %) patients. In the postoperative period, complications were observed in 16 (21,1 %) patients. The use of the welding electrocoagulator EK-300M «Swarmed» in the thermal rehabilitation of the walls of the residual cavity after echinococectomy allowed to reduce blood loss from (2200 ± 210) to (250 ± 50) ml, recurrences – with 2,8 up to 0 %. Before and after operation was performed antireсedive antiparasitic therapy with albendazole (Vormil) in two cycles of 28 days, separated by a 14-day break. The dose at body weight over 60 kg was 400 mg 2 times a day, and for less than 60 kg the drug was prescribed at a rate of 15 mg/kg/day.

Results. With the use of laparoscopic echinococectomy, intraoperative blood loss was reduced by 9 times (р=0,0001); duration of operation — 2 times (р>0,05), stay in hospital - 3,3 times (р=0,002). There were no fatal outcomes.

Conclusions. Pericystectomy is an effective operation for complete recovery and does not give recurrence of the disease. The use of a welding electrocoagulator and laparoscopic echinococectomy significantly improve the results of treatment of patients with parasitic liver cysts.


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How to Cite
Shaprinsky, V. A., Vorovsky, O. O., Kamins’kyyО. О., Verba, A. V., Formanchuk, A. M., Mironishen, Y. A., & Chernichenko, A. I. (2021). LIVER ECHINOCOCCOSIS: DIAGNOSIS AND SURGICAL TREATMENT EXPERIENCE. Kharkiv Surgical School, (1), 66-71.

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