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Cutaneous schistosomiasis in Nigeria. An update.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3087404     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two patients with schistosomiasis of the skin were seen at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, between June 1978 and December 1980. The first case was not suspected on clinical grounds, but was diagnosed only after terminally-spined ova of Schistosoma haematobium were found in histological sections of the skin lesions. Both patients were successfully treated with niridazole (Ambilhar). These bring to eight the total number of cases of cutaneous schistosomiasis recorded in Nigeria in the past 40 years, four of which were in indigenous Nigerians. It seems that the high endemicity of the disease confers some degree of natural immunity to the indigenous population, making ectopic forms rare. Clinicians should be aware of the existence of cutaneous forms of the disease and of their excellent response to specific chemotherapy.
O E Obasi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of dermatology     Volume:  114     ISSN:  0007-0963     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. J. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  1986 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-07-30     Completed Date:  1986-07-30     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0004041     Medline TA:  Br J Dermatol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  597-602     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Antiparasitic Agents
Niridazole / therapeutic use
Schistosomiasis haematobia / diagnosis*,  drug therapy,  pathology
Skin / pathology
Skin Diseases, Parasitic / diagnosis*,  pathology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antiparasitic Agents; 61-57-4/Niridazole

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