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Rwanda Medical Journal
Rwanda Health Communication Center - Rwanda Biomedical Center (RHCC - RBC)
ISSN: 2079-097X
EISSN: 2079-097X
Vol. 73, No. 3, 2016, pp. 24-26
Bioline Code: rw16016
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Rwanda Medical Journal, Vol. 73, No. 3, 2016, pp. 24-26

 en Intramedullary spinal schistosomiasis presenting as progressive paraparesis: A case report
Kanyamuhunga, A.; Ruhangaza, D.; Rugwizangoga, B. & Nyirahabimana, D.


Blood fluke infection or schistosomiasis affects up to 200 million people worldwide. Although infection of the hepatic and urogenital systems commonly occurs, central nervous system involvement is rare. When presenting in the spinal cord, schistosomiasis can be difficult to diagnose because it can present as mass lesion or transverse myelitis. We describe a patient with lumbar intramedullary spinal schistosomiasis who was referred to Kigali University Teaching Hospital, Rwanda.

Spinal cord; child; Schistosomiasis

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