Plasmodium vivax malaria presenting with severe thrombocytopenia

Braz J Infect Dis. 2002 Oct;6(5):263-5. doi: 10.1590/s1413-86702002000500008.


Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax malaria are endemic infections in India and are commonly associated with mild hematological abnormalities. Severe thrombocytopenia is common in isolated falciparum and mixed falciparum/vivax malaria, but is very rare in isolated P.vivax infection. We hereby report a case of severe thrombocytopenia (platelet count of 8x10(9)/L) in a case of vivax malaria. This is only the second case ever reported in the literature of such profound thrombocytopenia in a case of isolated P.vivax malaria.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Antimalarials / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Malaria, Vivax / complications*
  • Malaria, Vivax / diagnosis
  • Malaria, Vivax / drug therapy
  • Male
  • Platelet Transfusion
  • Quinine / therapeutic use
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Thrombocytopenia / diagnosis
  • Thrombocytopenia / parasitology*
  • Thrombocytopenia / therapy


  • Antimalarials
  • Quinine