Case reports: pernicious complications of benign tertian malaria

Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. Sep-Oct 2003;97(5):551-3. doi: 10.1016/s0035-9203(03)80024-x.


We describe 2 patients with complications of Plasmodium vivax malaria. Both patients developed marked intravascular haemolysis and haemoglobinuria despite normal levels of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase activity in blood. One required mechanical ventilation because of life-threatening hypoxia due to acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anemia, Hemolytic / parasitology
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Hemoglobinuria / parasitology
  • Humans
  • Malaria, Vivax / complications*
  • Malaria, Vivax / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Edema / parasitology
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult / parasitology