What is the prevalence of pulmonary hypertension in schistosomiasis (bilharzia)?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Shadab Hussain Ahmed, MD, AAHIVS, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In one series, pulmonary hypertension was found in 18.5% of patients with known hepatosplenic schistosomiasis. [20] Co-infection with hepatitis B or hepatitis C can accelerate hepatic dysfunction and raise the risk for hepatocellular carcinoma beyond that seen with hepatitis alone. In addition, gallbladder cancer may be associated with schistosomal infection.


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