Which factors increase the mortality rate of 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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End-stage hepatosplenic disease with variceal bleeding, pulmonary hypertension with cor pulmonale, and central nervous system disease are associated with high mortality rates. Carcinoma of the urinary tract, liver, and gallbladder may cause death. Although effective antihelminthic treatment exists, it may not reverse fibrosis and may not be readily available in endemic areas.


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