Neurological complications in patients with plasmodium vivax malaria from Karachi, Pakistan

A. Akhlaq, N. K. Ghanchi, B. Usmani, R. Shahzad, A. Rahim, M. Wasay, M. A. Beg

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Background Malaria remains an endemic disease in Pakistan with an estimated healthcare burden of 1.6 million cases annually, with Plasmodium vivax accounting for 67% of reported cases. P. vivax is the most common species causing malaria outside of Africa, with approximately 13.8 million reported cases worldwide. Method We report a series of P. vivax cases with cerebral involvement that presented at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. Results The majority of the patients presented with high-grade fever accompanied by projectile vomiting and abnormal behaviour, seizures, shock and unconsciousness. Seven of 801 patients with P. vivax monoinfection presented or developed cerebral complications. P. vivax infections were diagnosed based on peripheral smears and rapid diagnostic testing. Conclusion P. vivax infection can lead to severe complications, although not with the frequency of Plasmodium falciparum infection. Current cases highlight an increasing trend of cerebral complications caused by P. vivax.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-201
Number of pages4
JournalThe journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Cerebral complications
  • Malaria
  • Plasmodium vivax
  • Seizure


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