1921
Volume s1-31, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645
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Abstract

Summary

  • (1)  100 cases of schistosomiasis mansoni were found among a group of West Indians who had immigrated to Aruba which is a non-endemic area.
  • (2)  The routine use of a skin sensitivity test with a cercarial antigen and biopsy of the rectal mucosa are the most dependable ways of establishing the diagnosis of the disease.
  • (3)  It is important to consider schistosomiasis in the differential diagnosis of patients originating in areas known to be endemic for who present signs and symptoms pointing to a disturbance of the intestinal tract, especially with dysentery and splenic enlargement.
  • (4)  Although the period of observation (3 years) only permits a provisional opinion, it seems likely that schistosomiasis in patients not subjected to reinfestation, and living under favorable conditions is a non-progressive relatively mild condition, interfering little with the patients' general condition and working capability. Longer observation is needed to confirm this impression.

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