A case of Plasmodium vivax malaria with respiratory failure

J Clin Exp Invest 2013;4(2):226-228.



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Acute renal failure disseminated intravascular coagula­tion, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), hypo­glycemia, coma or epileptic seizures are manifestations of severe Plasmodium (P.) falciparum malaria. P. vivax malaria is rarely associated with severe complications. We report a case of 30-year-old male refugee coming from Pakistan, has been found in hospital garden as un­conscious. After therapy of pneumonia requiring intensive care unit and intensive supportive care, the patient left invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV). Because of contin­ued fever and chills attacks focused on malaria diagnosis, Plasmodium vivax malaria detected on thick peripheral blood smear. After intensive supportive care and specific anti-plasmodial therapy, the patient recovered and was discharged from hospital. The use of IMV vivax-malaria related ARDS was associated with a good outcome.


ARDS, Plasmodium vivax, pneumonia, re­spiratory failure


Günbatar H, Sertoğullarından B, Ekin S, Özbay B, Sünnetçioğlu A. A case of Plasmodium vivax malaria with respiratory failure. J Clin Exp Invest. 2013;4(2):226-8. https://doi.org/10.5799/ahinjs.01.2013.02.0272