What could antigen titers reveal in the evaluation 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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Antigen titers also correlate well with the determination of infection intensity by egg counts and with clinical severity of disease. [49]

Antigen titers can be used to assess treatment efficacy posttherapy, since loss of circulating antigens indicates cure. Antigen tests may become negative as early as 5 to 10 days posttreatment. [47]


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