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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 59-61

Abdominal heaviness in malaria: An unusual splenic complication

1 Department of Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Microbiology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Radiodiagnosis, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Animesh Ray
Department of Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cai.cai_1_18

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Splenic infarction as a complication in malaria is very sparsely reported despite having millions of cases of malaria every year. It appears to be an underreported complication and its recognition now can be attributed to the availability of better diagnostic and imaging modalities. It is important to look for splenic involvement in patients with malaria, especially in patients who complain of left hypochondrial pain as it might be associated with complications. Among the different species of malaria, like the case being reported here, it has been most commonly described with vivax malaria and outcomes have been almost always favorable with appropriate management of the infection.

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