What is the role of antigen tests 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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Because these tests measure parasite antigen as opposed to host antibody response, they reflect active infection. The tests are still investigational. With effective treatment, a reduction in antigenemia is expected.


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