Neonatal Plasmodium vivax malaria: an overlooked entity

  • Akanksha Gandhi Department of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Shahdra, Delhi, India
  • Kirti Garg Department of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Shahdra, Delhi, India
  • Neelam Wadhwa Department of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Shahdra, Delhi, India
Keywords: malaria, neonatal malaria, neonate, splenomegaly

Abstract

Although malaria is endemic in India, neonatal disease is considered rare. We report a case of neonatal malaria in a 26-day-old neonate with fever and splenomegaly who was diagnosed after a long and unsuccessful battery of tests for splenomegaly. Routine screening for malaria is essential for all neonates with fever in endemic areas. Early diagnosis and treatment of malaria could effectively prevent infant mortality.

Author Biographies

Akanksha Gandhi, Department of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Shahdra, Delhi, India

Senior Demonstrator,

Department of Pathology

Kirti Garg, Department of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Shahdra, Delhi, India

Senior Demonstrator,

Department of Pathology
Neelam Wadhwa, Department of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Shahdra, Delhi, India

Senior Lecturer

Department of Pathology

Published
2011-03-04
How to Cite
1.
Gandhi A, Garg K, Wadhwa N (2011) Neonatal Plasmodium vivax malaria: an overlooked entity. J Infect Dev Ctries 5:489-492. doi: 10.3855/jidc.1623
Section
Case Reports