Chapter 84. Trematodes: Schistosomiasis

  1. Robert P. Lisak MD, FAAN, FRCP Parker Webber Chair Professor Chair Neurologist-in-Chief Chief3,4,
  2. Daniel D. Truong MD, FAAN Head5,
  3. William M. Carroll MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCP(E) Head6 and
  4. Roongroj Bhidayasiri MD, FRCP Director7,8
  1. Sureshbabu Sachin MD, DM Senior Research Officer (SRO)1 and
  2. Manjari Tripathi MD, DM Associate Professor2

Published Online: 18 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch84

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

How to Cite

Sachin, S. and Tripathi, M. (2009) Trematodes: Schistosomiasis, in International Neurology: A Clinical Approach (eds R. P. Lisak, D. D. Truong, W. M. Carroll and R. Bhidayasiri), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch84

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA

  2. 4

    Detroit Medical Center, Harper University Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA

  3. 5

    The Parkinson and Movement Disorder Institute, Memorial Neuroscience Institute, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA, USA

  4. 6

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Perth, Australia

  5. 7

    Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center, Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

  6. 8

    University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

  2. 2

    Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 11 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405157384

Online ISBN: 9781444317008



  • schistosomiasis, second most common parasitic infection after malaria;
  • cerebral form of schistosomiasis - presenting with acute or subacute onset of headache;
  • spinal schistosomiasis, spinal form with progressive ascending weakness bowel;
  • histopathological examination with larva identification - gold-standard for neuroschistosomiasis diagnosis;
  • eosinophilic meningitis etiology;
  • ventriculoperitoneal shunt - in cases of obstructive hydrocephalus;
  • biopsy of brain and spinal cord lesions - granuloma formation with inflammation and vasogenic edema;
  • neurorehabilitative measures in paraplegic patients


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Epidemiology

  • Pathogenesis

  • Clinical features

  • Investigations

  • Treatment

  • Further reading