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Plasmodium vivax malaria presenting with severe thrombocytopenia

DOI: 10.1590/S1413-86702002000500008

Keywords: plasmodium vivax, malaria, severe thrombocytopenia.

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plasmodium falciparum and plasmodium vivax malaria are endemic infections in india and are commonly associated with mild hematological abnormalities. severe thrombocytopenia is common in isolated falciparum and mixed falciparum/vivax malaria, but is very rare in isolated p.vivax infection. we hereby report a case of severe thrombocytopenia (platelet count of 8x109/l) in a case of vivax malaria. this is only the second case ever reported in the literature of such profound thrombocytopenia in a case of isolated p.vivax malaria.

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