Biochemical profiles of hydatid cyst fluids of Echinococcus granulosus of human and animal origin in Libya.

Original article


Shaafie IA, Khan AH, Rambabu K.

Department of Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, Libya.

J Helminthol. 1999 Sep;73(3):255-8.


A comparative study on the biochemical parameters in hydatid cyst fluids of sheep, goats, camels, cattle and human cystic forms of Echinococcus granulosus has been made in Libya. Quantitative variations in the levels of sodium, potassium, calcium, cholesterol, glucose, urea, creatinine and gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (gamma GT) were found in the cystic fluids of different host origins although these differences were statistically insignificant compared with the hydatid fluids of sheep. However, the concentration of triglycerides and proteins were significantly elevated in the cyst fluids of sheep compared with the other fluids studied. Similarities in the biochemical composition of different hydatid cyst fluids suggest the existence of sheep strains of E. granulosus in human and other domestic animal intermediate hosts in Libya.

Keywords: Echinococcus granulosus ,hydatid cyst ,Echinococcosis