oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Three cases of rarefaction of the skeleton in Africans; two associated with severe urinary bilharziasis

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Three Africans - one adult and two children - had severe osteoporosis. The cause in each could not be determined. One child probably had a form of renal rickets, and in the other two cases fairly advanced bilharzial disease was observed in the urinary tract, but no positive relationship between it and the osteoporosis could be drawn. Nevertheless, it is considered worthy to draw attention to the possible relationship between severe urinary bilharziasis and osteoporosis of the skeleton.

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