Posted by: Jenny | 2008/07/08

After effects of Bilharzia infestation

Dear Cyberdoc
My son became infested with Bilharzia when travelling in Africa in 2000 - he was treated when he returned to the UK ( after being tested for bladder cancer as UK docs didn't recognise the symptoms) he was told the "cure" was 100% effective and was not retested. He started passing blood in his urine and feeling lousy in Sept 2007 after endless further tests he was treated for Bilharzia 3 months ago. He has had 3 or 4 occasions since when he has passed blood p.u. The Docs say the dead eggs in the bladder are causing "inflammation" hence the odd bleeding. I remain concerned and feel he needs to consult an expert at our hospital for tropical diseases and would welcome your opinion and advice. Thank you in advance. jenny

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Hi Jenny
Yes I agree with you - Bilharzia can stay dormant and flare up from time to time if not properly treated - they need to maybe give more than one treatment and follow up with Blood tests to ensure that the disease is indeed healed.
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Dr Bets

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Posted by: victor | 2013/06/25

dear madam, can bilhazia be treated by itself without taking any medications. I once had bilhazia, that is found blood in my urine without treatining it but as time passed by the blood no longer seen. Am i safe and dont get any symtoms too.

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Posted by: Jenny | 2008/07/11

Thank you

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Posted by: CD again | 2008/07/10

There is an IGG and IGM bilharzia blood test they can do

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Posted by: Jenny | 2008/07/09

Thank you Doctor Bets
Can you tell me what blood test is diagnostic - we have been told the only way to check if the diease is active is to repeat the cystoscopy.

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