Thrombocytopenia in malaria: who cares?

Marcus Vinícius Guimarães Lacerda, Maria Paula Gomes Mourão, Helena Cristina Cardoso Coelho, João Barberino Santos
2011 Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz  
Despite not being a criterion for severe malaria, thrombocytopenia is one of the most common complications of both Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum malaria. In a systematic review of the literature, platelet counts under 150,000/mm 3 ranged from 24-94% in patients with acute malaria and this frequency was not different between the two major species that affected humans. Minor bleeding is mentioned in case reports of patients with P. vivax infection and may be explained by medullary
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