AFEBRILE PLASMODIUM KNOWLESI SEVERE MALARIA WITH A FATAL OUTCOME

Authors

  • Chee Yik Chang Department of Medicine, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.55519/JAMC-01-11418

Keywords:

Afebrile malaria, Plasmodium knowlesi, thrombocytopenia, acute renal failure

Abstract

I read with great interest the article by Shah et al. on the causes of fever in adults in Thall and surrounding areas. Malaria was found to be the most common cause of fever in the study. However, clinicians need to be aware that not all malaria infection present with fever. I would like to share a fatal case of severe Plasmodium knowlesi malaria with no fever.

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Published

2023-01-16