The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 76, Issue 5, pp 551–552 | Cite as

Plasmodium vivax malaria presenting with severe thrombocytopenia, cerebral complications and hydrocephalus

  • Rekha HarishEmail author
  • Sanjeev Gupta
Clinical Brief


Two cases of a one and 4 year old child of plasmodium vivax malaria are reported in association with CNS complications. Both presented with encephalopathy and seizures. One had severe thrombocytopenia, massive intracranial bleed and hydrocephalus requiring shunt surgery while the other had gastrointestinal manifestations, encephalopathy and hydrocephalus. Both responded to quinine but are left with sequelae.

Key words

Cerebral malaria Meningoencephalitis Plasmodium vivax Seizures Thrombocytopenia 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PediatricsGovernment Medical CollegeJammuIndia

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