oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The significance of schistosome eggs in the urine after treatment

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Probably every case of urinary bilharziasis, given time, will produce black eggs in the urine. albeit infrequently and generally in small numbers in comparison to the number of living hatchable eggs. Specific treatment, if successful, kills the worms and prevents the laying of further eggs. It does not, however, prevent the continued release of black eggs from the bladder mucosa into the urine. This process may continue for as long as a year and probably even longer. Specific successful treatment in a case of S. haematobium infection improves the functional capacity of the bladder and stimulates a substantial weight gain with improved- physical and mental well-being.

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