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Drugs for treating Schistosoma mansoni infection

Danso-Appiah, A., Olliaro, Piero L, Donegan, Sarah, Sinclair, David and Utzinger, Jürg (2013) 'Drugs for treating Schistosoma mansoni infection'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 2, CD000528.

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Schistosoma mansoni is a parasitic infection common in the tropics and sub-tropics. Chronic and advanced disease includes abdominal pain, diarrhoea, blood in the stool, liver cirrhosis, portal hypertension, and premature death.


To evaluate the effects of antischistosomal drugs, used alone or in combination, for treating S. mansoni infection.

Search methods

We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE and LILACS from inception to October 2012, with no language restrictions. We also searched the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group Specialized Register, CENTRAL (The Cochrane Library 2012) and mRCT. The reference lists of articles were reviewed and experts were contacted for unpublished studies.

Selection criteria

Randomized controlled trials of antischistosomal drugs, used alone or in combination, versus placebo, different antischistosomal drugs, or different doses of the same antischistosomal drug for treating S. mansoni infection.

Data collection and analysis

One author extracted data and assessed eligibility and risk of bias in the included studies, which were independently checked by a second author. We combined dichotomous outcomes using risk ratio (RR) and continuous data weighted mean difference (WMD); we presented both with 95% confidence intervals (CI). We assessed the quality of evidence using the GRADE approach.

Main results

Fifty-two trials enrolling 10,269 participants were included. The evidence was of moderate or low quality due to the trial methods and small numbers of included participants.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QV Pharmacology > Anti-Inflammatory Agents. Anti-Infective Agents. Antineoplastic Agents > QV 253 Anthelmintics
QX Parasitology > Helminths. Annelida > QX 355 Schistosoma
WB Practice of Medicine > Therapeutics > WB 330 Drug therapy
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 810 Schistosomiasis
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
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Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 11:29
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:08


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