Follow-up After Surgery for Echinococcal Infections of the Central Nervous System in Children

Frequency of Office Visits

  • One-month visit: The authors prefer the first follow-up visit 1 month after the surgery, and the patient should be seen by the primary neurosurgeon.
  • 3, 6, and 12 months: The authors prefer subsequent visits 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery with the primary neurosurgeon. At 3 and 12 months postoperatively the child should also be seen by the infectious disease specialist.

Frequency of Imaging

  • CT immediately after surgery: The authors order a CT scan in the first 6 hours after cranial hydatid cyst removal.
  • MRI at 1 month: The authors do not use any imaging, if not required, until 1 month after surgery. MRI is the preferred type of imaging.

Other Investigations Required

  • None: The authors do not believe that any tests are required for follow-up of patients with hydatid cyst who have been treated surgically.