Keywords : WHO
Al- Anbar Medical Journal,
2020, Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 3-7
Background:Cystic Echinococcosis (CE) is an endemic disease in Iraq. Its classification is crucial
for proper management.
Objectives:To apply ultrasound study in classifying hepatic hydatid cyst disease in the Iraqi
population, which is essential in treatment planning.
Materials and methods:This prospective study conducted during a period from March 2017 to
March 2018, in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Teaching Hospital/ Medical City/ Baghdad.
A total of 100 patients with a diagnosis of hydatid cyst by ultrasound were followed-up after
surgery and histopathology were proved hydatid cyst. Their age range was 10-79 years (mean age
32±12.5), female to male ratio 1.6:1.The standardized WHO classification of CE was used in
Results:CE class I was noticing in (35%), class II (35%), class III (17%), class IV (7%), and class
Conclusion:WHO ultrasound classification of hepatic hydatid cyst becomes more popular and
preferable than other classifications. CE class I and II were the most common classes in the Iraqi
population. We strongly advise to use this classification in clinical practice and scientific researches.