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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 101, No. s1, 2006, pp. 37-44
Bioline Code: oc06165
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 101, No. s1, 2006, pp. 37-44

 en Morbidity of schistosomiasis mansoni in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Sandra Costa Drummond; Luciana Cristina dos Santos Silva; Ronaldo Santos do Amaral; Silvio Roberto Sousa-Pereira; Carlos Maurício Antunes & José Roberto Lambertucci


From 2002 to 2005, a program of active search for patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis and schistosomal myeloradiculopathy has been implemented in the state of Minas Gerais by the local Health Department. The state was divided in 28 regional health centers and the local representatives have been trained to identify and direct patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis and neuroschistosomiasis to a reference center in Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais. Seventy five patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis and 54 with schistosomal myeloradiculopathy have been referred and examined in the reference center in a period of time of 3 years. Schistosomal myeloradiculopathy should be emphasized because the number of cases reported is increasing rapidly and when timely diagnosed and treated, they respond promptly to treatment. Left untreated, they die or become invalid for life. In our view, the time has come for more active investigation of the different aspects of morbidity caused by schistosomiasis mansoni in Brazil.

schistosomiasis - hepatosplenic schistosomiasis - neuroschistosomiasis - magnetic resonance imaging - myeloradiculopathy

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