alexa Cerebral vivax Malaria in the Postpartum Period
ISSN: 2155-9597

Journal of Bacteriology & Parasitology
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Case Report

Cerebral vivax Malaria in the Postpartum Period

Mona Abd EL-Fattah Ahmed1,2*, Nahla Ahmad Bahgat Abdulateef2,3 and Ibraheim Elsodany4

1Parasitology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Ain-Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

2Laboratory Department, King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

3Clinical Pathology Department, National Cancer Institute, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

4Intensive Care Unit, King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author:
Mona Abd EL-Fattah Ahmed
Laboratory Department
King Abdullah Medical City
Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Tel: +966 12 554 9999
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: January 04, 2016 Accepted Date: January 21, 2016 Published Date: January 25, 2016

Citation: Ahmed MAE, Abdulateef NAB, Elsodany I (2016) Cerebral vivax Malaria in the Postpartum Period . J Bacteriol Parasitol 7:257. doi: 10.4172/2155-9597.1000257

Copyright: © 2016 Ahmed MAE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Cerebral malaria is severe malaria presenting with neurological symptoms, including coma that lasts longer than 30 minutes after a seizure, or it is any impairment of consciousness or convulsions in a patient of malaria with no other causes of coma. Cerebral malaria is generally the result of infection by Plasmodium falciparum, but rarely it is a presenting complication or occurs during the course of P. vivax infection. Here we report a unique case of adult cerebral malaria caused by P. vivax presented by seizures and other variant symptoms. Peripheral blood microscopy, parasite antigen-based assays, plasmodium antibodies showed the presence of P. vivax and absence of P. falciparum. The patient was diagnosed and successfully treated with parenteral quinine followed by primaquine without any sequelae. This case demonstrated that sole Plasmodium vivax could induce severe cerebral injury.


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