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Malaria: a haematological disease.
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PMID:  22664049     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Plasmodium falciparum malaria remains a major cause of mortality throughout the tropical world. Haematological abnormalities are considered a hallmark of malaria, bearing an impact on final outcome and representing indices of prognostic and follow-up value. These include severe anaemia, coagulation disturbances, leukocyte numerical or functional changes and spleen involvement. Anaemia involves red blood cell lysis due to parasite invasion, as well as mechanisms of intravascular haemolysis and decreased erythropoiesis. Exchange or blood transfusion is mainly recommended in the management of these patients. Haemorrhagic complications in severe malaria are relatively rare despite prominent thrombocytopenia and dysfunction in the coagulation pathway. Numerical, as well as functional changes in the white blood cell are less dramatic than other blood cell series, but still, remain a significant index of disease progression and ultimate prognosis. Finally, the role of the spleen in severe malaria is multifactorial. Care and vigilance should be taken against splenic rupture which is fatal and can occur despite appropriate antimalarial prophylaxis and treatment.
Karolina S Akinosoglou; Elena E Solomou; Charalambos A Gogos
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1607-8454     ISO Abbreviation:  Hematology     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708388     Medline TA:  Hematology     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  106-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
University Hospital of Patras, Rio, Greece.
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