Respiratory distress in nonimmune adults with imported malaria

Infection. 2004 Dec;32(6):356-9. doi: 10.1007/s15010-004-4060-6.


Acute respiratory distress (ARD) in two nonimmune adults with imported mixed and vivax malarial infections with low and resolving parasite load is described. Malarial pulmonary edema exacerbated by hypoalbuminemia and fluid redistribution without overload occurred in the latter patient. ARD led to mortality in one of the two. ARD should be promptly recognized and managed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host
  • Malaria, Falciparum / complications*
  • Malaria, Vivax / complications*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Edema / etiology
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult / etiology*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult / pathology