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Acta Medica Colombiana

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BUSTOS, Marlon Mauricio et al. Adult acute respiratory distress syndrome by Plasmodium vivax. Acta Med Colomb [online]. 2014, vol.39, n.2, pp.211-215. ISSN 0120-2448.

The adult acute respiratory distress syndrome in patients with malaria is associated with Plasmodium falciparum infection, and only occasionally manifested in patients infected with Plasmodium vivax, so few cases have been reported in the literature. 1 The case of a 43 year old patient who was in an endemic area and developed acute adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) by Plasmodium vivax is reported. The diagnosis was made by microscopic methods. It was concluded that ARDS associated with Plasmodium vivax can develop before starting antimalarial therapy, a condition with high morbidity and mortality. (Acta Med Colomb 2014; 39: 211-215).

Keywords : malaria; Plasmodium vivax; acute respiratory distress syndrome; artificial respiration; thick blood smear; parasitemia.

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