What is the role of an egg viability test 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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This test is important for assessing the effectiveness of treatment. Because persons with inactive infection may continue to shed dead eggs into stool and urine for months, tests for egg viability, such as egg hatching or microscopic examination of eggs for the movement of flame cells, should be performed.


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