What are the limitations of antibody testing 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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Antibody testing is epidemiologically useful but cannot be used to differentiate active and past illness. It also does not allow quantification of egg burden.


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