Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease of public health importance. Due to the variable presence of diagnostic laboratory parameters in the natural history of the disease, laboratory findings should be interpreted in the context of the clinical history (including exposures), physical examination and radiological findings.
The first laboratory feature of new bilharzia infection, may be an eosinophilia noted on the FBC approximately 3-6 weeks after infection. In endemic settings, the finding of haematuria has been used as an indication of urinary bilharzia infestation, especially in children. Ova appear at approximately 6-8 weeks post infection.
Schistosomiasis / Bilharzia