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Schistosomiasis, also known as Bilharzia is a parasitic infection affecting humans caused by schistosomes or blood flukes.
The adult worms typically live in the blood vessels around the bowel or bladder (depending on the type).
The worms produce eggs which can cause health problems.
Symptoms of Bilharzia include:
Physical signs include a tender enlarged liver and spleen and blood tests may show a certain picture.
Transmission occurs through direct contact with infected fresh water in rivers, lakes, streams, dams and rock pools. The immature form of the bloodfluke (cercaria) are released from fresh water snails and penetrate the skin and occasionally through the lining of the mouth.
Bilharzia is present in most African countries and in limited areas of South America, the Middle East and Asia.
Antibodies against Bilharzia however may persist for many years, even after successful treatment making the diagnosis of a re-infection or the diagnosis of an unsuccessful treatment very cumbersome. Antibodies may also be absent in certain cases of chronic active infection.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Schistosome Antibodies blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Schistosome Antibodies test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Schistosome Antibodies test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Schistosome Antibodies test results.
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