Portal Doppler ultrasound evaluation in myelitis by Schistosoma mansoni

Claudio Henrique Fernandes Vidal, Fernando Viana Gurgel, Maria Lucia Brito Ferreira, Ana Lúcia Coutinho, Hildo Rocha Cirne de Azevedo Filho
2010 Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria  
The mechanism for development of schistosomal myelitis has not yet been completely understood. Few publications have tried to establish a link between the general clinical presentation of the illness and its neurological manifestations. Objective: To evaluated the portal blood flow in patients with schistosomal myelitis and controls. Method: Forty-three individuals were evaluated using portal Doppler ultrasound. Group I consisted of 13 patients with the spinal form of schistosomiasis. Group II
more » ... somiasis. Group II included 10 patients with intestinal and hepatointestinal forms of schistosomiasis, but no neurological symptoms; while group III involved 20 healthy controls. Results: Portal venous speed and portal venous flow were significantly elevated in group I (p<0.001) compared with the others. Conclusion: Doppler ultrasound demonstrated a situation of high flow within the portal venous system of patients with schistosomal myelitis.
doi:10.1590/s0004-282x2010000100015 pmid:20339656 fatcat:oblnyezxzfemhfukgosf227zra