Concurrent COVID-19 and dengue with hyperferritinaemia: A case report

Med J Malaysia. 2021 Nov;76(6):918-920.


The current pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19) poses a bigger challenge to the population in tropical countries where dengue fever is also endemic as both diseases share similar clinical and laboratory features. In COVID-19, hyperferritinaemia is associated with severe disease and clinical outcome while in dengue fever, hyperferritinaemia is a key feature of haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), which is a complication with high mortality. In this case report, we present a case of coinfection of COVID-19 and dengue with hyperferritinaemia in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sabah, Malaysia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Coinfection*
  • Dengue* / complications
  • Dengue* / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Lymphohistiocytosis, Hemophagocytic*
  • SARS-CoV-2