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The Use of a Google Search in the Diagnosis of a Rare Condition

Evans, Janelle Morgan MD*; South, Mary M. MD; Jaekle, Ron MD; Collins, Amy MD§; Lucas, Fred MD; Simulian, George MD

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery: March/April 2014 - Volume 20 - Issue 2 - p 121–122
doi: 10.1097/SPV.0000000000000057
Case Reports

Background: This study aims to describe the use of the Internet in aiding the diagnosis of a rare lower urinary tract finding in a primiparous woman.

Methods: A case of bladder schistosomiasis was reviewed.

Results: After the referral from the obstetrics service with a bladder lesion noted on dating ultrasound, an asymptomatic primipara with 9 weeks of gestational age presented for cystoscopy. A polypoid lesion was noted, and suspected diagnosis of schistosomiasis was made using a Google image search. Urine cytologic evaluation confirmed the diagnosis, and the patient was treated without need for further invasive testing or bladder biopsy.

Conclusions: The usefulness of Internet searches and other electronic resources should be appreciated in the diagnosis of rare conditions.

Online media can be a very helpful tool for many medical queries. We present a case in which Google images helped guide our clinical management.

From the *Christ Hospital, Divisions of †FPMRS and ‡MFM, Departments of §OB/GYN, ∥Pathology, and ¶Infection Disease, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Reprints: Janelle Morgan Evans, MD, The Christ Hospital, University of Cincinnati, Auburn Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219. E-mail:

The authors have declared they have no conflicts of interest.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins