Carcinoma of Urinary Bladder in a Region of Low Schistosomiasis
AbstractAim: To study the geographical pathology of carcinoma of the urinary bladder as regards both its association with endemic schistosomiasis and the variable proportions of its histological types.
Methods: A 30-year retrospective analysis was carried out with regard to Igbo patients who inhabit a region of low incidence of schistosomiasis with special reference to the occurrence of urinary carcinoma.
Results: Carcinomas manifested in bladder biopsies from 24 patients and in cystectomy specimens from 12 patients. One case alone was associated with schistosomiasis.
Conclusion: This lone case is a finding which is in consonance with the theory that the intensity of parasitic infestation is a significant factor in carcinogenesis.
Key words: Urinary Bladder, Schistosomiasis, Carcinoma, Igbos.
Journal of College of Medicine Vol.10(1) 2005: 3-5