What is the role of fecal microbiology in the diagnosis 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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Fecal microbiology, usually on thick smears, is essential when diagnosing schistosomiasis with primary bowel infection. Stool specimens may be positive for heme or grossly bloody. Concentration methods will be needed to identify light infestations. Rough quantitation can also be performed in these specimens with the same limitation as above.


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