Cerebral malaria owing to Plasmodium vivax: case report

Ozen M., Gungor S., Atambay M. , Daldal N.

ANNALS OF TROPICAL PAEDIATRICS, cilt.26, ss.141-144, 2006 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 26 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2006
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1179/146532806x107494
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.141-144


Cerebral malaria is a diffuse encephalopathy associated with seizures and status epilepticus which can occur in up to one-third of children with severe malaria, particularly that caused by Plasmodium falciparum. We report a unique case of P. vivax infection complicated by status epilepticus. A 4-year-old boy was admitted to the emergency outpatient clinic with intractable seizures for the previous hour. During resuscitation, two episodes of left-focal tonic convulsions occurred and he received phenytoin. Because of a history of P. vivax infection in the family 3 months previously, a blood slide for malaria was undertaken. Thin blood smears demonstrated P. vivax. He was treated with chloroquine and primaquine. An initial EEG was normal but after 3 months of follow-up a second EEG showed generalised epileptic activity. Rarely, cerebral malaria is a presenting complication or occurs during the course of P. vivax infection. In endemic areas such as Turkey, the possibility of cerebral malaria should be considered.