Noninvasive ventilation in Plasmodium vivax related ALI/ARDS

Intern Med. 2007;46(24):2007-11. doi: 10.2169/internalmedicine.46.0401. Epub 2007 Dec 17.


Acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), complications of P. falciparum malaria are associated with a very high mortality but are rarely seen in P. vivax malaria. Herein, we report a 28-year old woman who developed ARDS after infection with P. vivax. In a systematic review the literature for the use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in cases of ALI/ARDS related to P. vivax, from among 45 reports noninvasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV) was used in the management of three cases of ALI/ARDS related to P. vivax. The use of NIV in vivax malaria related ALI/ARDS is associated with a good outcome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Malaria, Vivax / complications*
  • Plasmodium vivax*
  • Positive-Pressure Respiration / methods*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult / parasitology*
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome