Fatal Case of Plasmodium vivax Malaria in a Splenectomized Patient

  • H Mahmoudvand Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
  • L Farivar Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • I Sharifi Leishmaniasis Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
  • M Fasihi Harandi Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
  • V Moazed Leishmaniasis Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
  • S Jahanbakhsh Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
  • Z Babaei Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
  • N Zia-ali Department of Medical Parasitology and Mycology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
Keywords: Plasmodium vivax, Malaria, Splenectomy, Iran

Abstract

Malaria is a major problem in tropical and sub-tropical countries, with high morbidity and mortality. Splenectomy makes patients more susceptible to serious bacterial and parasitic infections. We report for the first time in Iran a fatal case of Plasmodium vivax malaria, confirmed by microscopic and molecu­lar (Semi-nested multiplex PCR) tests in a patient who had undergone splenectomy due to hemolytic anemia.

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Mahmoudvand H, Farivar L, Sharifi I, Fasihi Harandi M, Moazed V, Jahanbakhsh S, Babaei Z, Zia-ali N. Fatal Case of Plasmodium vivax Malaria in a Splenectomized Patient. Iran J Parasitol. 7(3):99-102.
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