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October 24, 2011  by: Dr. Simran Kaur  Points: 8   Category: Health  Earning $0.15   Views: 530

Humans are only natural hosts of Schistosoma haematobium.


There are three species of the genus Schistosoma which commonly cause disease in humans-

1. Schistosoma haematobium.

2. Schistosoma mansoni.

3. Schistosoma japonicum.


1. During the early stages of infection there may be itching lasting 1-2 days at the site of cercarial penetration.

2. After a symptom free period of three to five weeks acute schistosomiasis may present with allergic symptoms.

3. Urticaria.

4. Fever.

5. Muscle aches.

6. Abdominal pain.

7. Headache.

8. Sweating.

9. Hepatomegaly.

10. Splenomegaly.

11. Lymphadenopathy.

12. Pneumonia.

13. Symptoms disappear after one to two weeks.

Humans are only natural hosts of Schistosoma haematobium. Infection can be acquired after a brief exposure such as swimming in freshwater lakes. Painless terminal haematuria is the most common symptom. Later the disease may be complicated by frequent urinary tract infections, bladder or ureteric stone formation, hydronephrosis, renal functional abnormalities and ultimately renal failure with a contracted calcified bladder. Pain is often felt in iliac fossa or in loin and radiates to groin.

Investigations -

1. Dipstick urine testing.

2. Ultrasound.

3. Cystoscopy.

4. Urine test.

5. Serological test.

6. Sigmoidscopy.


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