Myocarditis complicating Plasmodium vivax malaria is an extremely rare complication. We report this development in a young girl who was diagnosed to have P. vivax malaria on the basis of peripheral smear. While undergoing antimalarial treatment, she developed respiratory distress requiring invasive mechanical ventilation and inotropic support due to cardiogenic shock secondary to myocarditis. Cardiovascular complications are well recognized with Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Nevertheless, a high index of suspicion should be maintained for the same in Plasmodium vivax infection especially if symptoms of heart failure develop in a young patient.
JCPSP: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan
Samani, Z. A.,
(2014). Myocarditis complicating Plasmodium vivax malaria.. JCPSP: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan, 24, s96-s98.
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