An analysis of possible mechanisms of unexpected death occurring in hydatid disease (echinococcosis).

  title={An analysis of possible mechanisms of unexpected death occurring in hydatid disease (echinococcosis).},
  author={Roger W Byard},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  volume={54 4},
Most cases of hydatid disease in human populations are due to Echinococcus granulosus. The hydatid life cycle involves passage between definitive hosts such as dogs and intermediate hosts such as sheep. Humans become accidental intermediate hosts following ingestion of food or water contaminated with eggs or by contact with infected dogs. Although hydatid disease may remain asymptomatic, occasional cases of sudden and unexpected death present to autopsy. Causes of rapid clinical decline involve… CONTINUE READING


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