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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - New schistosomiasis research from University Estadual of Campinas described - October 31, 2014

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 9/13/10 - New schistosomiasis research from University Estadual of Campinas described

A report, 'Schistosomal myeloradiculopathy in a low-prevalence area: 27 cases (14 autochthonous) in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil,' is newly published data in Memorias Do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. According to a study from Campinas, Brazil, "Schistosomal myeloradiculopathy (SMR) is a form of schistosomiasis that is not linked with a high worm burden but rather is found in patients who have been sporadically exposed to Schistosoma mansoni. This paper aims to determine the occurrence of SMR in a low-endemic area with urban transmission in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil."

"A retrospective study was performed, identifying confirmed cases in the two largest public hospitals on the region. Patients were diagnosed with SMR using standardised criteria, common clinical parameters, evidence of schistosomal infection and exclusion of other causes of myelopathy. A total of 27 patients were identified; 19 (85.2%) were men and four (14.8%) were women, ranging from 13-57 years of age (mean=31.2; standard deviation=12.8). Patients were classified as autochthonous (n=14; 51.9%) or allochthonous (n=11; 40.7%) and epidemiological data could not be obtained for two patients (7.4%). The clinical parameters of these patients were not different from previous studies. The sensitivity of serum immune reactions, cerebrospinal fluid immune reactions and parasitological stool examinations in identifying infected individuals was 87.5%, 93.8% and 40%, respectively," wrote A.R. Freitas and colleagues, University Estadual of Campinas (see also Schistosomiasis).

The researchers concluded: "The epidemiological importance of these findings and their relationship with the control policies of schistosomiasis are discussed."

Freitas and colleagues published the results of their research in Memorias Do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (Schistosomal myeloradiculopathy in a low-prevalence area: 27 cases (14 autochthonous) in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Memorias Do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 2010;105(4):398-408).

For additional information, contact A.R. Freitas, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Departamento de Clinica Medica, Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas, Campinas, SP, Brasil.



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