oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Cirrhosis and bilharzial fibrosis of the liver in Rhodesia

Volume 17, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Examination of sections of liver from 1,000 African autopsies showed cirrhosis to be present in 8.2 per cent. and bilharzial fibrosis in 1.1 per cent. Cirrhosis is always post-necrotic in type and is about twice as common in males than females. Bilharzial fibrosis shows no sex bias. Despite the fact that ova are frequently not plentiful in bilharzial fibrosis, it is thought that they rather than adult schistosomes are responsible for the fibrosis. Experimental evidence of others and personal observations on human tissues are detailed in support of this thesis.

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