What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of CNS schistosomiasis?

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Shadab Hussain Ahmed, MD, AAHIVS, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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A CT or MRI scan of the brain and spinal cord may show lesions in CNS schistosomiasis. Nodular and ring-enhancing lesions with surrounding edema are seem on CT and MRI brain scans. Eggs reach the lower spinal cord through the Batson plexus with S haematobium and S mansoni infection. These produce granulomatous lesions of the cauda equine and conus medullaris.


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