Urinary Schistosomiasis in an Adolescent Refugee from Africa: An Uncommon Cause of Hematuria and an Emerging Infectious Disease in Europe

Dimitri Poddighe, Lucia Castelli, Giovanna Pulcrano, Alessia Grosini, Michela Balzaretti, Salvatore Spadaro, Paola Bruni

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Abstract

We report a case of urinary schistosomiasis in an adolescent refugee from Gambia (arrived to Italy illegally), who was brought to the Emergency Department of our hospital. The patient complained of gross hematuria and, in the absence of clinical evidence of bacterial urinary infection, was admitted to the pediatric ward, considering his provenience and social setting. An appropriate collection and microscopic analysis of urine samples led to the detection of bilharzia. Much attention should be paid to this emerging disease in Europe by physicians in order to recognize and treat it timely, which could prevent future and higher costs for public health systems and could reduce the potential risk of environmental spreading. In fact, there are some areas in Italy where the parasite can find its intermediate host to complete its lifecycle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237-1240
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hematuria
  • Imported disease
  • Urinary schistosomiasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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