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The Treatment of Schistosomiasis by Hemofiltration.

B. H. Kean, M.D., F.A.C.P.; and Edward I. Goldsmith, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(5):174-175. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-68-5-1174_3
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The medical treatment of schistosomiasis is inadequate. In an attempt to cure some of the 200 million people in the world who have this disease, we devised surgical procedures to filter the parasites from the bloodstream. The large size of the parasites (1 cm), their longevity (decades), their localization in portal or systemic veins, and the fact that they do not reproduce in the host were some theoretical considerations in the development of these operations. In Schistosoma mansoni infections, parasites were "driven" from their usual site in the veins of the large bowel toward the liver and were intercepted by


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