Chronic schistosomiasis in African immigrants in Israel: Lessons for the non-endemic setting

Yael Paran, Ronen Ben-Ami, Boris Orlev, Ora Halutz, Ofir Elalouf, Asaf Wasserman, Ofer Zimmerman, Ido Nahmani, Liane Rabinowich, Talya Finn

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To study the clinical presentation of Chronic Schistosomiasis (CS) in immigrants from East Africa to Israel and the tests that were useful in confirming the diagnosis.A retrospective study of all medical notes pertaining to hospitalized patients who were immigrants from East Africa with a pathological or microscopic confirmation of CS. Literature review was also conducted focusing on diagnosis of schistosomiasis among immigrants from endemic countries.We identified 32 suspected and 11 confirmed cases of CS. Most of the patients (82%) presented with gastrointestinal symptoms. Sensitivity of stool smear, serology and tissue diagnosis (by histopathology or microscopy) were 14%, 100%, 89%, respectively. Patients have undergone extensive diagnostic evaluation with long hospitalization stays (median 10 days, range 4 to 33 days).CS has multiple presentations and is seen in Israel among refugees from Eritrea and Sudan. Most of the manifestations are gastrointestinal, suggestive of infection with Schistosoma mansoni (S. mansoni). Standard diagnostic techniques used in endemic countries, such as microscopy for ova and parasites were unhelpful, necessitating more advanced procedures like colonoscopic or liver biopsy. We propose a diagnostic algorithm for CS in this patient population in order to make an accurate diagnosis and avoid unnecessary invasive procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere18481
JournalMedicine (United States)
Issue number52
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019


  • colitis
  • eosinophilia
  • immigrants
  • schistosomiasis
  • splenomegaly


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