Schistosome (Bilharzia) antibodies



Schistosoma haematobium egg

  • Serum antibodies are not usually detectable until 6 - 12 weeks after infection
  • Annual tests leading to loss of antibody may be useful to indicate successful treatment
  • A travel history is essential when requesting this investigation
  • Examination of faeces and/or urine for ova may be of value - please contact the laboratory for further advice
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Sample requirements

Serum - paired samples not required

8.5ml of blood taken into a plain gel tube 

8.5mL BD Vacutainer tube

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details
  • Detailed travel history


Store at fridge temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Sent to a National Reference Centre

10 - 21 days

Page last reviewed: 03/11/2014