What is the role of imaging tests in the diagnosis of liver and intestinal schistosomiasis?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Shadab Hussain Ahmed, MD, AAHIVS, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Imaging tests for liver and intestinal schistosomiasis can include the following:

  • Barium swallow or endoscopy - Esophageal varices are visualized [50]

  • Ultrasonography of the liver and spleen - Used to reach an early and accurate diagnosis of periportal fibrosis and a diagnosis of hepatosplenomegaly and ascites

  • CT scanning of the liver - Calcified capsules and septa are visible

  • Contrast studies of the intestine - Mucosal irregularities are revealed


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