Acute respiratory distress syndrome complicating Plasmodium vivax malaria

Maged A. Tanios, Laura Kogelman, Barbara McGovern, Paul M. Hassoun

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Abstract

Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases in the world, and severe respiratory complications have been described mainly in association with Plasmodium falciparum. We describe a case of acute respiratory distress syndrome complicating infection with P. vivax in the setting of relatively low parasitemia in a 47-yr-old woman after a brief trip to Papua New Guinea. A review of the literature shows that pulmonary complications of P. vivax are rare but occur more frequently than generally acknowledged. Pathogenic mechanisms of these complications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-667
Number of pages3
JournalCritical care medicine
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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Keywords

  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Falciparum
  • Malaria
  • Pulmonary complication
  • Vivax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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