Journal of Ultrasound

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 259–263 | Cite as

Sonographic early findings in a case of bladder schistosomiasis

  • Dolores FerraraEmail author
  • Francesco Esposito
  • Marco Di Serafino
  • Chiara Gullotto
  • Andrea Baglioni
  • Leonardo Martinelli
  • Massimo Zeccolini
Case Report


Urinary schistosomiasis is a tropical infection with a high endemicity in the developing countries and is included in the list of “Neglected Tropical Diseases”. It is caused by a parasitic worm, Schistosoma haematobium, and it has come into the spotlight as a major cause of urogenital disease. Furthermore, it is linked to bladder cancer and it is a predisposing factor for HIV/AIDS. In this case, we describe a bladder schistosomal disease in a young African boy with persistent macroscopic hematuria and its ultrasound diagnostic bladder imaging.


Schistosoma haematobium Bladder Ultrasound Pseudopolyp mass 


La schistosomiasi urinaria è un’infezione tropicale endemica nei paesi in via di sviluppo, inclusa nell’elenco delle “Malattie Tropicali Neglette”. E’ causata da un parassita, lo Schistosoma Haematobium e si annovera tra le cause maggiori di malattia urogenitale. Si correla inoltre al cancro della vescica e rappresenta un fattore predisponente per l’infezione da HIV/AIDS. Descriviamo un caso di schistosomiasi vescicale in un giovane ragazzo africano con ematuria macroscopica persistente illustrandone gli aspetti all’imaging ecografico.


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Advanced Biomedical Sciences-University “Federico II”NaplesItaly
  2. 2.Radiology DepartmentSantobono-Pausilipon Children HospitalNaplesItaly
  3. 3.Radiology DepartmentAntonio Cardarelli HospitalNaplesItaly
  4. 4.Emergency DepartmentCisanello HospitalPisaItaly
  5. 5.Careggi University HospitalFlorenceItaly

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