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Malaria and the heart: Two rare case reports of plasmodium falciparum-associated pericarditis

  • Autori: Colomba, C.; Trizzino, M.; Gioè, C.; Coelho, F.; Lopo, I.; Pinheiro, P.; Sousa, J.; Cascio, A.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2017
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Malaria is one of the most important parasitic diseases in the world, causing significant mortality and morbidity in the tropical regions1 . Although symptoms can range from a mild fever to severe complicated forms, there are limited published data on cardiac involvement of malaria and only a few studies have been carried out regarding cardiac function in severe malaria2–3. Cardiac involvement in the course of malaria ranges from severe forms with hypatension, shock, circulatory collapse and impaired haemodynamic function, to mild disorders documented by Electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiography4–6. Pericardial involvement in malaria is a very rare event7–8. We report here two cases of falciparum malaria complicated with pericardial effusion.