What is the role of urinary microbiology in the diagnosis of schistosomiasis (bilharzia)?

Updated: Jun 11, 2020
  • Author: Shadab Hussain Ahmed, MD, AAHIVS, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Urinary microbiology is key when diagnosing vesicular infection from S haematobium. Gross and microscopic hematuria is common. Concentration methods may be necessary, and a rough determination of egg load can be obtained. However, this should not be used as a firm measure of disease severity, as egg counts can vary markedly between specimens in a single patient.

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