Morbidity in urinary schistosomiasis in relation to the intensity of infection in Kisumu, Kenya

J Trop Med Hyg. 1983 Apr;86(2):65-6.


A study of the morbidity due to schistosomiasis haematobium was undertaken in 121 children ranging in age from 5 to 19 years, from Kanyamedha Primary School, Kisumu. Of this sample 81% of the males and 42% of the females had Schistosoma haematobium. Proteinuria was detected in 23% of the uninfected children; 54% of those with light infection; 80% of those with moderate infection and 94% of those with heavy infection. Similarly, haematuria was detected in 18% of the apparently uninfected individuals, 64% of those lightly infected, and 76% and 94% of those with moderate and heavy infections, respectively. Three of the 20 children given intravenous pyelography had renal and bladder complications, characterized by hydronephrosis, bladder granuloma, bladder calcification and hydroureter.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hematuria / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Kenya
  • Male
  • Parasite Egg Count
  • Proteinuria / epidemiology
  • Schistosoma haematobium
  • Schistosomiasis / complications
  • Schistosomiasis / epidemiology*
  • Urinary Tract Infections / epidemiology*