Spontaneous subdural haemorrhage: A rare association with plasmodium vivax malaria

Mallela Ajay Raj, Shetty Hariprasad, Koya Rohini, Vasudev Acharya, Shastry Barkur Anantha Krishna

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Malaria is an endemic disease in tropical countries and disease of universal importance. Central Nervous System (CNS) complications of malaria are severe and associated with significant mortality. Thrombocytopaenia in malaria causing haemorrhagic CNS complications is rare. We report a case of 35-year-old male patient presented with headache, vomiting and was diagnosed to have subdural haemorrhage (SDH). On examination patient was found to be febrile with peripheral smear showing evidence of Plasmodium vivax (P.vivax) infection with severe thrombocytopaenia. In endemic regions with malaria, SDH being rare presentation of malaria should be considered as a differential diagnosis in febrile patients with neurological manifestations. Rarity of spontaneous SDH in malaria and raising awareness amongst treating physicians about the same is the driving factor for reporting this case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)OD05-OD06
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Biochemistry


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