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Occult Schistosomiasis Haematobia in a traveller returned from Africa


Bradbury, RS and Wada, K, Occult Schistosomiasis Haematobia in a traveller returned from Africa, Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 12, (1) pp. 28-31. ISSN 1448-4706 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Urogenital infection with the blood fluke Schistosoma haematobium is common in Africa and parts of the Middle East. Travellers to these regions are susceptible to infection through contact with fresh water, but are often not screened for infection upon return to their home countries. We describe a two year delay in the diagnosis of schistosomiasis haematobia in a 19-yearold Japanese male with a history of travel to Africa and peripheral eosinophilia, but no other symptoms. Diagnosis was delayed in part due to the absence of haematuria or proteinuria on urine dipstick, the absence of microscopic haematuria and negative Schistosoma serology. The absence of haematuria is a not sufficient criteria to exclude a diagnosis of infection with S. haematobium in a returned traveller

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical microbiology
Research Field:Medical parasitology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bradbury, RS (Dr Richard Bradbury)
ID Code:72012
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2011-08-18
Last Modified:2012-06-12

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