Extra-anogenital bilharziasis cutanea tarda revisited

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Journal: J. Cutan. Pathol. 2009 Jul;36(7):766-71

Author(s): Ramdial PK, Calonje E, Singh B, Sing Y, Govender P

BACKGROUND: Even in schistosomiasis-endemic areas, extra-anogenital bilharziasis cutanea tarda (E-BCT) is rare. To date, the occurrence of E-BCT in pre-existing cutaneous pathology is undocumented. The study was undertaken to document the expanded clinicopathological spectrum and to comment on the putative pathogenetic mechanisms of a Schistosoma hematobium-associated E-BCT.

METHODS: Eight-year clinicopathological appraisal of E-BCT.

RESULTS: The clinical details are as follows. Seventeen specimens from 16 patients formed the study cohort. All specimens showed granulomatous inflammation with eosinophils, aggregates of terminal-spined S. hematobium ova and variable fibrosis. Copulating worms were identified in three biopsies. In 12/16 patients, E-BCT occurred in pre-existing pathology, including recurrent squamous papilloma (1), bilateral hidradenitis suppurativa (1) and scar tissue (10) with 7 showing a keloidal morphology. Prior and current urinary schistosomiasis was present in nine and seven patients, respectively.

CONCLUSION: E-BCT, a reflection of prior, re-infective or inadequately treated urinary schistosomiasis, is deemed to be a function of egg-laying consequent to the aberrant pathway of worms. Based on E-BCT occurrence in pre-existing extra-anogenital cutaneous fibroinflammatory and cicatricial processes and the presence of adult worms in three extra-anogenital biopsies in the present study, it is hypothesized that altered tissue mesenchymal repair reactions may promote extra-anogenital cutaneous worm entrapment and egg-laying.

Dermatology Journal and/or Publisher

Journal Name: Journal of cutaneous pathology
Journal Abbreviation: J. Cutan. Pathol.
Journal Volume: 36, Issue: 7
Journal Date Published: 2009-07-01

National Center for Biotechnology Information

PMI ID: 19519608
Article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19519608
Created: 2009-06-12

Abstract Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine Abstract Query for “Hidradenitis suppurativa”

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