After reading this article, the participant should be able to:
- 1. Describe the life cycle of the parasite that causes hydatid disease of the brain.
- 2. Identify the pathophysiology and clinical presentation of hydatid disease of the brain.
- 3. Select the surgical technique that can best be used to safely excise a hydatid cyst in the brain and the potential pitfalls and complications.
Dr. G.F. Haddad is assistant professor of neurosurgery and Dr. F.S. Haddad is professor of neurosurgery at the American University of Beirut, Division of Neurosurgery, P.O. Box 11-0236, Beirut-Lebanon.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.
Editor: Ali F. Krisht, M.D.*
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Production Assistant: Ronalda Williams
Ossama Al-Mefty, M.D.
Evandro De Oliveira, M.D.
Curtis A. Dickman, M.D.
Rudolph Fahlbusch, M.D.
John Fox, M.D.
Allan Friedman, M.D.
Douglas Kondziolka, M.D.
Mark Linskey, M.D.
Tom Origitano, M.D.
Glenn Pait, M.D.
Kalmon Post, M.D.
Chandra Sen, M.D.
Robert Solomon, M.D.
Martin Weiss, M.D.
Gazi Yasargil, M.D.
* Dr. Krisht has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial organizations pertaining to this educational activity.