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Liver echinococcus: Compare Costs for a treatment abroad

If you have been diagnosed with liver echinococcus, don't frighten. There are many means to get you better and we are here to just do that.

Below, methods of liver echinococcus treatments are listed. By clicking on the search results, not only will you be able to find the most suitable clinics and the best specialists in this field, you will also be able to find out how much such treatments cost and book the program you are interested in online.

Booking Health offers the following options of treatment for this diagnosis.

Diagnostic
Price from
3337.00
Percutaneous paracentetic aspiration echinococcectomy
Price from
8148.00
Extensive liver resection
Price from
17958.00
Partial liver resection
Price from
16339.00
General therapeutic rehabilitation
Price from
510.00

Best hospitals for Liver echinococcus treatment

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location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Jena

University Hospital Jena


The Jena University Hospital, looking back on a history of more than 200 years, is a maximum care hospital in Germany.

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location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Grevenbroich

District Hospital St. Elisabeth Grevenbroich


The District Hospital St. Elisabeth Grevenbroich is a hospital for basic and standard medical care in the district of Neuss. It has 347 beds. With a long history of over 100 years, the Hospital has an interregional importance. There are annually treated over 12,000 inpatients and 21,000 outpatients.

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About the disease

Liver echinococcus is an infection of the liver caused by bacteria known as  Echinococcus granulosus. This bacteria is transmitted through the food in the form of tapeworm eggs which contaminated food may contain. Another name for liver echinococcus is hydatid infection. The tapeworm eggs of this bacteria are dangerous as they can form cysts inside the body, which can become multiple if the infection has not been treated on time. The most common place where the cyst can form is liver or lungs, but it can also grow in the heart or bones. The tapeworm eggs most commonly are contained in the contaminated meat of such livestock as sheep or pigs. Goats or cattle overall can have this bacteria as well. The infection is also found in dogs and cats, but they are not likely to transmit it to the human. The tapeworms contained in the contaminated meat are usually quite big as for the bacteria reaching 2 to 7 mm in size.

Overall, liver echinococcus is most common in such areas as Africa and Central Asia. Multiple cases have been reported in Southern South America as well. Liver echinococcus can be quite dangerous as it leads to benign growths forming in the vital organs. In some cases, liver echinococcus can be life threatening, especially if the cysts formed in other vital organs, such as brain, heart or lungs. The curious thing about liver echinococcus is that it can be latent for years before manifesting itself for the first time. Sometimes 10 years can pass before cysts grow to the point when they manifest first symptoms.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the upper abdomen in the right quadrant where the liver is
  • Swollen abdomen if the cyst grew in the liver
  • Chest pain if the cyst grew in the lungs
  • Cough if the cyst grew in the lungs
  • Strong allergic reaction in case of cyst rupture

Diagnosis

  • During a general examination, a doctor will palpate the right upper abdomen to determine if the liver area is painful.
  • An imaging tests such as CT scan or an X-ray is used to determine if there is a cyst and what is its growth. It can also determine if the cyst is single or multiple.
  • A liver function test is used to determine if the cyst affected the liver and any of its functions.
  • A blood test is used to measure the amount of enzymes in the blood, which is abnormal if there is liver echinococcus.

Treatment

  • Percutaneous paracentesis aspiration echinococcectomy is a surgery, whereas the cyst undergoes aspiration through the needs, which also has a medicine on it designed to kill the tapeworm and to prevent recurrent cyst formation. The cyst is simply drained, thus removed, through the needle. This is the most preferable type of surgery as it is the least extensive but it can be used only if the cyst is not very large and has not affected the vital organs.
  • Extensive or partial liver resection is used if the cyst has affected the liver and any of its vital functions. Then, the affected part needs to be removed to allow a liver to properly function again.

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