A case of Plasmodium vivax malaria with respiratory failure
Hülya Günbatar 1 * , Bünyamin Sertoğullarından, Selami Ekin, Bülent Özbay, Aysel Sünnetçioğlu
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1 Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi D. Odabaş Tıp Merkezi Kampüsü, Van, Turkey* Corresponding Author


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.


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Article Type: Case Report

J Clin Exp Invest, 2013, Volume 4, Issue 2, 226-228


Publication date: 13 Jun 2013

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