Malaria and the heart: Two rare case reports of plasmodium falciparum-associated pericarditis

Antonio Cascio, Claudia Colomba, Inês Lopo, Pedro Pinheiro, Filipa Coelho, José Sousa, José Sousa, Claudia Gioe', Marcello Trizzino

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Abstract

Malaria is one of the most important parasitic diseases in the world, causing significant mortality and morbidity in the tropical regions1. Although symptoms canrange from a mild fever to severe complicated forms,there are limited published data on cardiac involvement of malaria and only a few studies have been carried out regarding cardiac function in severe malaria2–3.Cardiac involvement in the course of malaria rangesfrom severe forms with hypatension, shock, circulatory collapse and impaired haemodynamic function,to mild disorders documented by Electrocardiogram(ECG) and echocardiography4–6. Pericardial involvement in malaria is a very rare event7–8. We report here twocases of falciparum malaria complicated with pericardialeffusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-374
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Vector Borne Diseases
Volume54
Publication statusPublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Cascio, A., Colomba, C., Lopo, I., Pinheiro, P., Coelho, F., Sousa, J., Sousa, J., Gioe', C., & Trizzino, M. (2017). Malaria and the heart: Two rare case reports of plasmodium falciparum-associated pericarditis. Journal of Vector Borne Diseases, 54, 372-374.