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Life-threatening complications can develop with a
malaria infection, especially when a person is
infected by the malaria-causing parasite Plasmodium (P.) falciparum.
When the parasite infects red blood cells, the cells stick to the
walls of blood vessels. As the blood vessels become blocked, blood supply to
vital organs stops, and the person may die without treatment.
Life-threatening situations because of malaria infection with
P. falciparum may include:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerW. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Current as ofMay 24, 2016
Current as of:
May 24, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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