• Users Online: 462
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 195-199

Multiorgan dysfunction in Plasmodium vivax malaria complicated by a ruptured spleen

Critical Care Department, Trauma Centre, Rashid Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence Address:
Abdelnasser Khalafalla Ahmed
Critical Care Department, Trauma Centre, Rashid Hospital, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.7707/hmj.675

Rights and Permissions

Malaria can be diagnosed and treated in 48 hours; however, complications such as splenic rupture, although rare, can still occur. Infections caused by Plasmodium vivax are usually benign and complications are uncommon. A 29-year-old Pakistani male driver with no past medical history of malaria presented to Rashid Hospital, United Arab Emirates, having suffered epigastric pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever for 1 day. After serial investigations he was diagnosed as having P. vivax malaria, which was complicated by a ruptured spleen. Later he developed shock as a result of the splenic rupture and hypovolaemia. Urgent laparotomy was performed and splenectomy undertaken to secure haemostasis. The patient was discharged after 28 days following treatment of his initial symptoms and when his condition had stabilized.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded100    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal