Automated erythrocytapheresis for severe falciparum malaria

Harris, P., Price, S., Senthuran, S., Cochupanachimootil, J., and Norton, R. (2011) Automated erythrocytapheresis for severe falciparum malaria. Internal Medicine Journal, 41 (1a). pp. 60-63.

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We describe a case of severe falciparum malaria with hyperparasitaemia. Treatment with automated erythrocytapheresis, in conjunction with parenteral artesunate, produced a rapid and sustained fall in parasite burden. Several poor prognostic features were present at admission. Despite the development of a severe headache with abnormal cerebrospinal fluid parameters and transient pulmonary oedema, a complete recovery was observed. Erythrocytapheresis can be considered in selected cases where facilities exist and has theoretical and practical advantages over traditional methods of red cell exchange transfusion. The paucity of systematic or trial evidence convincingly demonstrating a benefit in terms of morbidity or mortality has limited its application. However, the lack of robust trial data should not in itself invalidate considering this therapeutic option in the appropriate context.

Item ID: 16527
Item Type: Article (Case Study)
ISSN: 1445-5994
Keywords: plasmodium falciparum, severe malaria, hyperparasitaemnia, erthrocytapheresis, red cell exchange transfusion
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2011 05:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
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