Minireviews
Copyright ©2014 Baishideng Publishing Group Co., Limited. All rights reserved.
World J Surg Proced. Mar 28, 2014; 4(1): 13-20
Published online Mar 28, 2014. doi: 10.5412/wjsp.v4.i1.13
Diagnostic imaging and interventional procedures in a growing problem: Hepatic alveolar echinococcosis
Mecit Kantarci, Berhan Pirimoglu, Yesim Kizrak
Mecit Kantarci, Berhan Pirimoglu, Yesim Kizrak, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Ataturk University, 25090 Erzurum, Turkey
Author contributions: Kantarci M and Pirimoglu B designed the research; Kantarci M, Pirimoglu B and Kizrak Y performed the research; Kantarci M and Kızrak Y analyzed the data; Kantarci M and Pirimoglu B wrote the paper.
Correspondence to: Mecit Kantarci, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Ataturk University, 200 Evler Mah. 14. Sok No 5 Dadaskent, 25090 Erzurum, Turkey. akkanrad@hotmail.com
Telephone: +90-442-2361212 Fax: +90-442-2361301
Received: October 28, 2013
Revised: December 19, 2013
Accepted: February 16, 2014
Published online: March 28, 2014
Core Tip

Core tip: Diagnosis and treatment of alveolar echinococcosis remains a challenge for clinicians. Most patients suffering from a chronic carrier status need continuous medical treatment and follow-up examinations. Diagnosis of alveolar echinococcosis is supported by results from imaging studies, histopathology and/or serological analyses. The present review summarizes current understanding of imaging features and knowledge of interventional procedures.