Friday, 17 June 2011

MALARIA: Benign tertian malaria – a misnomer?

Chanaveerappa Bammigatti MBBS MD * Sirish Shetty MBBS MD Seema Shetty MBBS MD Ashwini Kumar MBBS MD
Plasmodium vivax usually causes an acute self-limiting febrile illness with fever spikes on every third day and no complications or death. Therefore the illness caused by this parasite was termed benign tertian malaria. However, many complications associatedwith Plasmodium falciparum have been seen with increasing frequency with Plasmodium vivax in recent times. The present study highlights the various complications associated with Plasmodium vivax malaria.

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