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Repair of schistosomal intestinal vascular lesions after curative treatment

Abstract

The process of repairing intestinal vascular lesions induced by schistosomiasis in mice was studied before and after curative chemotherapy, by means of histopathology coupled with injections of the mesenteric veins with India ink or plastic, in this case followed by corrosion in strong acid. The granulomas were avascular, mainly formed while within blood vessels, and were associated with distortion of the intestinal vasculature in their proximity, represented by tortuosities, focal dilatation, narrowing, and anastomosis of the mucosal and submucosal veins. Two to four months after cure of schistosomiasis involuting granulomas were seen to be slowly vascularized, a process going from the periphery toward the center of the granulomas. No intravascular granulomas were seen four months after treatment. The previously distorted mucosal and submucosal veins gradually regained their normal appearance, only a slight tortuosity remaining.

Schistosoma mansoni; vascular lesions; repair; intestinal schistosomiasis


ABSTRACT

Repair of schistosomal intestinal vascular lesions after curative treatment

Luciana Silva1

Zilton A. Andrade1

FIOCRUZ, Centro de Pesquisas Gonçalo Moniz, Laboratório de Esquitossomose, Salvador, Brasil

The process of repairing intestinal vascular lesions induced by schistosomiasis in mice was studied before and after curative chemotherapy, by means of histopathology coupled with injections of the mesenteric veins with India ink or plastic, in this case followed by corrosion in strong acid. The granulomas were avascular, mainly formed while within blood vessels, and were associated with distortion of the intestinal vasculature in their proximity, represented by tortuosities, focal dilatation, narrowing, and anastomosis of the mucosal and submucosal veins. Two to four months after cure of schistosomiasis involuting granulomas were seen to be slowly vascularized, a process going from the periphery toward the center of the granulomas. No intravascular granulomas were seen four months after treatment. The previously distorted mucosal and submucosal veins gradually regained their normal appearance, only a slight tortuosity remaining.

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  • Publication in this collection
    01 June 2009
  • Date of issue
    June 1995
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