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Distinction of Severe Falciparum Malaria from Fulminant Hepatic Failure

Purpose:

To distinguish severe malaria from fulminant hepatitis in a patient presenting with jaundice and altered consciousness.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases

Objective:

laboratory tests, differential diagnosis and mimics, red flags, comorbid conditions

ICD-10:

B50

Description:

A patient with severe Plasmodium falciparum malaria may clinically present with findings suggestive of fulminant hepatitis. Devarbhavi et al list features which can help distinguish these two conditions. The authors are from St. John's Medical College Hospital in Bangalore, India, and the Mayo Clinic.

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