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7. Thrombocytopenia An Indicator — for Severe Plasmodium Vivax Infection?

1. Rakhshinda Jabeen 2. Asif Qureshi 3. Sehrish Khan 

1. Assoc. Prof. of Medicine, DUHS, Karachi 2. Consultant Surgeon, Shaukat Omer Fauji Foundation Hospital, Karachi 3. Final Year Student, DUHS, Karachi.

ABSTRACT

Objective: To see the effect of thrombocytopenia in plasmodium vivax infection Study Design: Prospective study. 

Place and Duration of Study: This study was conducted at Trauma and General Hospital, Karachi from June 2013 to October 2014.

Materials and Methods: Ninety seven patients were included in the study with low platelets and positive malarial parasite (MP) or immunochromatographic test (ICT) malaria. Patients that were presenting with other causes of thrombocytopenia were excluded from the study including plasmodium falciparum or dengue fever. 

Result: Total 97 patients were included in the study. Among them 63 (64.9%) were males. Mean age was 33.15±8.513 years. In our study none of the patient develops bleeding or required platelet transfusion.

Conclusion: Thrombocytopenia is now commonly seen in plasmodium vivax infection, but usually do not lead to bleeding like dengue fever or plasmodium falciparum infections. 

Key Words: Malaria, Thrombocytopenia, plasmodium vivax, malarial parasite(MP), immunochromatographic test for malaria (ICT MP), Platelets 

Citation of article: Jabeen R, Qureshi A, Khan S. Thrombocytopenia—An Indicator for Severe Plasmodium

 

Vivax Infection? Med Forum 2015;26(4):26-28.