Immune System

{"ops":[{"insert":"Schistosomiasis: Schistosomes"},{"insert":"\n","attributes":{"header":1}},{"insert":"Schistosoma are trematode parasites that are responsible for the development of schistosomiasis in humans. In Greek \u0022schisto\u0022 means split; and \u0022soma\u0022 means body. These worms are so named because of the large cleft running along the body of the male, called the gynaecophoric canal, in which the mature female will stay for most of its adult life.\n\nSchistosoma have a complex life-cycle consisting of multiple stages. Organisms in the \u0022cercariae\u0027 stage penetrate the skin of humans swimming in infested water. They subsequently mature into schistosome worms within the hepatic portal vein. \n\nMature worms then migrate to either a mesenteric or vesicular visceral vein (depending on species) to mate and reproduce. The eggs that are subsequently laid "}]}

Want to continue playing?

Open your Clinical Odyssey account today.

Enjoy unlimited access to 600+ simulations.
Safely improve your skills, anytime and anywhere.
Get answers to your follow-up questions from practicing physicians.