Ultrasound findings in urogenital schistosomiasis: a pictorial essay

  • Diletta Cozzi
  • Elena Bertelli
  • Elena Savi
  • Silvia Verna
  • Lorenzo Zammarchi
  • Marta Tilli
  • Francesca Rinaldi
  • Silvia PradellaEmail author
  • Simone Agostini
  • Vittorio Miele
Pictorial Essay


Urogenital schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by S. haematobium which is endemic in tropical and sub-tropical areas but is increasingly diagnosed in temperate non-endemic countries due to migration and international travels. Early identification and treatment of the disease are fundamental to avoid associated severe sequelae such as bladder carcinoma, hydronephrosis leading to kidney failure and reproductive complications. Radiologic imaging, especially through ultrasound examination, has a fundamental role in the assessment of organ damage and follow-up after treatment. Imaging findings of urinary tract schistosomiasis are observed mainly in the ureters and bladder. The kidneys usually appear normal until a late stage of the disease.


Ultrasound Infection Bladder Kidney Schistosoma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyCareggi University Hospital, AOU CareggiFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of Experimental and Clinical MedicineUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  3. 3.Infectious and Tropical Diseases UnitCareggi University HospitalFlorenceItaly

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