• Mahesh Chandra Agrawal


Schistosomiasis is occurring in three clinical forms, namely, urinary, nasal, and hepatic forms. All these forms differ clinically, yet are caused by one or other schistosome species. Therefore, any drug found effective against a schistosome species (so against a clinical form) is used against any other schistosome species, unless proved more effective for a given schistosome species. For instance, therapeutic efficacy of praziquantel is 80–95% in S. haematobium, 60–90% in S. mansoni, and only 60–80% in S. japonicum (WHO 1985). We have no information whether any drug is more effective against a particular Indian schistosome species. Notwithstanding the type of schistosomicide used, the supportive treatment differs as per symptoms and so according to clinical entity.


Schistosome Species Blood Fluke Human Schistosomiasis Antimony Potassium Tartrate Untreated Infected Control 
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  • Mahesh Chandra Agrawal
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  1. 1.Veterinary CollegeJabalpurIndia

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