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Spinal cord schistosomiasis: unexpected postmortem finding.
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PMID:  23765531     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Objectives: To report a case of a US resident, originally from Liberia, with chronic hepatitis C infection who developed acute neurologic symptoms of the lower limbs. Methods: Our case is compared to previously reported similar cases, with emphasis on clinical symptoms, investigations, diagnosis, and prognosis. Results: The patient was transferred to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics for further management of severe retroperitoneal bleeding and died 2 days after admission. The diagnosis of schistosomiasis was established on examination of the spinal cord at autopsy, where multiple Schistosoma mansoni eggs were seen in the vasculature of the spinal cord. Conclusions: The diagnosis of schistosomiasis may go undiagnosed in countries where the disease is not endemic but should be considered when investigating spinal cord disease in patients native to an endemic area or international travelers.
Authors:
Omar I Jaber; Patricia A Kirby
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of clinical pathology     Volume:  140     ISSN:  1943-7722     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Clin. Pathol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-06-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370470     Medline TA:  Am J Clin Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
Dept. of Pathology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City, IA 52242; omar-jaber@uiowa.edu.
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