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Giant air-inflated hydatid cyst of the lung mimicking massive pneumothorax
  1. Dania Nachira,
  2. Marco Chiappetta,
  3. Maria Teresa Congedo,
  4. Maria Letizia Vita,
  5. Stefano Margaritora
  1. Department of General Thoracic Surgery, Catholic University, Rome, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dania Nachira, Department of General Thoracic Surgery, Catholic University, Rome 00168, Italy; danynac{at}

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A 68-year-old Caucasian man was admitted to our emergency department with a 6-month history of progressive dyspnoea, tachycardia, chronic cough and purulent sputum production. The patient's medical history was notable for hepatic echinococcosis diagnosed in 2002.

Physical examination revealed no chest wall movement, a hyper-resonant sound on percussion, absent tactile fremitus and no audible breath sound in the right hemithorax. A slight tracheal deviation towards the left could also be felt on palpation …

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