Female Genital Schistosomiasis Pocket Atlas

Female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) is a common complication of schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) caused by the presence of eggs in genital tissues.

Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia, a worm infection) is widespread in Africa in rural and urban areas. It is transmitted by skin contact with infested fresh water. The worm lays eggs which are deposited in the body organs and some eggs are excreted. Treatment with praziquantel aims to kill adult worms and prevent new lesions.

This pocket atlas is intended to help the clinical health workers to recognise and manage patients with Female Genital Schistosomiasis.

In females who have had contact with fresh water bodies in schistosomiasis endemic countries, the diagnosis of female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) must be considered. FGS is diagnosed by visual inspection of characteristic lesions on the cervix and vaginal wall. Visualisation can be improved by using a digital camera or with a colposcope. Current laboratory diagnostics are not adequate for diagnosing FGS.

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