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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 279
Schistosomiasis and abdominal mass

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Serbia; Hainan Medical University, China; Joseph Ayobabalola University, Nigeria

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Date of Web Publication22-Jul-2014

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Schistosomiasis and abdominal mass. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2014;11:279

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Schistosomiasis and abdominal mass. Afr J Paediatr Surg [serial online] 2014 [cited 2021 Oct 27];11:279. Available from:

The recent report on 'schistosomiasis and abdominal mass' is very interesting. [1] Napon et al. noted that 'This is a clarion call for a high index of suspicion of childhood abdominal schistosomiasis in children presenting with abdominal mass in a tropical setting'. [1] In fact, schistosomiasis is an important, but usually forgotten tropical parasitic infestation. Abdominal pseudotumour is an uncommon clinical presentation of schistosomiasis. [2] Clinically, the enlarged liver is an important indicator of morbidity in schistosomiasis. [3] Koukounari et al. suggested for using abdominal ultrasonography evaluation for all cases with schistosomiasis. [3] However, as in the present case, the patient might firstly presented with abdominal mass. The pseudotumour due to schistosomiasis might be difficult to diagnose, and it can be missed diagnosed to be cancer. [2],[4] The mass is usually diagnosed by histological examination and the disseminated infestation is common in those patient with schistosomiasis related abdominal mass. [4]

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1.Napon AM, Bandré E, Nikiéma Z, Diallo O, Ouédraogo I, Kaboret SD, et al. Child abdominal tumour in tropical context: Think about schistosomiasis! Afr J Paediatr Surg 2014;11:194-5.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Segun AO, Alebiosu CO, Agboola AO, Banjo AA. Schistosomiasis - An unusual cause of abdominal pseudotumor. J Natl Med Assoc 2006;98:1365-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Koukounari A, Sacko M, Keita AD, Gabrielli AF, Landouré A, Dembelé R, et al. Assessment of ultrasound morbidity indicators of schistosomiasis in the context of large-scale programs illustrated with experiences from Malian children. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2006;75:1042-52.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Al-Waheeb S, Al-Murshed M, Dashti F, Hira PR, Al-Sarraf L. Disseminated peritoneal Schistosoma japonicum: A case report and review of the pathological manifestations of the helminth. Ann Saudi Med 2009;29:149-52.  Back to cited text no. 4

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Dr. Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand

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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.137345

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