oa South African Medical Journal - Negative cercarial antigen skin tests in proved urinary bilharziasis in children

Volume 27, Issue 15
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



I. The value of skin test in the diagnosis of bilharziasis is discussed. 2. Of 27 children between the ages of 9 and 16 years passing B. haematobium ova in the urine. only 3 (11%) gave a positive skin reaction. 3. The skin sensitization appears to be related to the duration of infection or possibly to the age of the patient. 4. A negative skin test, particularly in a child, does not exclude the diagnosis of bilharziasis.

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