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January 23, 1967

Surgical Recovery of Schistosomes From the Portal Blood: Treatment of the Parasitization in Man

Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery (Dr. Goldsmith) and medicine (Dr. Kean). Cornell University Medical College, New York; and departments of surgery (Dr. Luz) and tropical medicine (Dr. Prata), Bahia Federal University School, Salvador, Brazil.

JAMA. 1967;199(4):235-240. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120040045007

A new surgical approach to the treatment of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis was used in three patients, with highly encouraging early results. Large numbers of adult schistosomes were removed from the portal blood by extracorporeal filtration following mobilization of the worms from the venules of the intestinal tract with a single dose of antimony potassium tartrate.