What is the efficacy of treatment for schistosomiasis (bilharzia) during pregnancy?

Updated: Jun 11, 2020
  • Author: Shadab Hussain Ahmed, MD, AAHIVS, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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A retrospective study of 88 women with schistosomiasis who received praziquantel during pregnancy, in a mass treatment campaign, did not show an increase in the rate of abortion, preterm deliveries, or congenital abnormalities compared with untreated women. [62]

Starting treatment after the first trimester may be advisable. [63] Praziquantel is excreted in human breast milk. No adverse effects of praziquantel administration during lactation have been reported. [63, 64]


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