Malaria infection in transplant recipient.

TitleMalaria infection in transplant recipient.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1978
AuthorsCruz I, V M, Callender C, Hosten A
JournalJ Natl Med Assoc
Pagination105 - 7
Date PublishedFeb
Accession Number359818
KeywordsAdult, Graft Rejection, Humans, Immunosuppression, Kidney Transplantation, Malaria, Male, Postoperative Complications, Transplantation, Homologous

A case of P. malariae infection occurring in a kidney transplant recipient is reported. The diagnosis was delayed because of atypical clinical presentation secondary to altered immune response. Serologic tests for antimalarial antibody are not reliable and diagnosis is established by visualization of the parasites in the peripheral blood smear. We can only guess what role this infection played in rejection of the transplant and whether earlier diagnosis and treatment would have saved it.

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