Item 006 - Probably hydatid cyst

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ZA UCT PLC_001_H_HDT_02_006


Probably hydatid cyst


  • 1951 (Creation)

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2 mounted photographs (black and white)

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An adult man, frontal and left lateral views of his mid-face, showing proptosis and inferior displacement of the left eye. The patient is a male adult, 56 years old. The identity of the patient is known.


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Original Annotation (back): "S/2422; 7.7.51. 238638 [patient name] 56; B6; Dr Hickley"

Pathology Report: "Diagnosis: Probably hydatid cyst. History: Progressive, painless proptosis of left eye, forwards and downwards [illegible] diplopia - 6 years. X-Ray: "Cystic swelling invading of [frontal?] sinus. No bone reaction. Operation: Thick walled cyst with [root?] of frontal sinus as boundary. Root of orbit completely eroded. Clear [yellow liquid?] in cyst. Report on cyst wall: 11.751; "Specimen consists of 3 flattened pieces of tissue the largest measuring 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 cm. and the other two pieces are 1/5 this in size. On the naked eye appearance it is not possible to diagnose hydatid cyst. Histologically the wall of the cyst consists of granulation tissue, in parts showing an active inflammatory reaction. There is a hyaline [illegible] layer, with foci of calcification, which does'nt show the typical lammination of a ectocyst. There is no recognisable endocyst, scolices or hooklets. Although the diagnosis of hydatid cyst cannot be made with certainty it cannot be excluded.

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16,5cm x 21cm

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