What are the signs and symptoms of hepatic schistosomiasis?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Shadab Hussain Ahmed, MD, AAHIVS, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In the early stage of hepatic schistosomiasis, dyspepsia, flatulence, and pain are present in the left hypochondrium due to spleen enlargement. Anemia or cor pulmonale may cause generalized pain, weakness, and shortness of breath. In the later stages, abdominal distention, lower limb edema, hematemesis, and melena can occur. Symptoms of liver failure are rare unless other infectious, toxic, or malignant causes of hepatitis are present. [38]


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