We recently spent 3.5 months in Central Africa, where shistosomiasis is found. When we came home, I went to our gp to ask for shisto tests for all of us, and she ordered cbcs at the same time. Oddly, *both* of my kids' cbcs came back with results outside of the normal range (by a decent, though not astronomical, amount) - high platelets and low mean volume (of the platelets). The shisto test got screwed up, so we have to do that one again.
Between getting tested and getting the results, we moved to another province and now I find that we're without a care provider (you can't get one here). I took the kids in today to get the cbc repeated, but I was just wondering if anyone had any experience or thoughts on this sort of thing?
Dr Google (haha) gives the explanation to this particular combo as anything from cancer to anemia to IBS.I thought maybe shoisto might cause these results, but I would, honestly, be shocked if they both had shisto. My youngest is really not keen on waves or cold water, and I think maybe once got a toe wet in a lake. My daughter, however, swam all over the place. I'd just be shocked if they *both* tested positive for the shisto, so I'm not convinced that that is the explanation for the platelet oddities.
Any ideas? They both seem fine, although they've both been a bit out of sorts since we've been back, which I have been putting off on the big changes in our lives in that time period (Africa, and then a move from one province to another, etc). I'd like to address this, but I don't even know where to start since I don't know what the problem actually *is*!
What was the explanation from your GP?