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Acta Trop. 2004 Oct;92(2):133-8.

Ultrasound organometry: the importance of body height adjusted normal ranges in assessing liver and spleen parameters among Chinese subjects with Schistosoma japonicum infection.

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  • 1Tropical Health Program, Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health and Nutrition, The Queensland Institute of Medical Research, The University of Queensland, 3000 Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane, Qld 4029, Australia.


Hepatosplenic measurements among 550 Chinese subjects, aged 3-59 years from Yueyang city--a nonendemic area for schistosomiasis in Hunan province, China--were performed to define normal ranges of ultrasound organometry for assessing hepatosplenic morbidity in Schistosoma japonicum infection. Measurements included the size of the liver (left lobe and right lobe), the main portal vein stem, the peripheral periportal vein branches, and spleen length and thickness. The results document the significant relationship between body height and organometric parameters. The reference values stratified by body height improve the accuracy of assessment. Thus, height-based normal ranges established in this study can be applied in hospital routine and in field studies of patients infected with S. japonicum in Hunan province and in other endemic areas of China.

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