Journal Article

Postmalaria Neurological Syndrome: Two Cases from The Gambia

Stephen D. Lawn, Katie L. Flanagan, Stephen G. Wright, Tom F. Doherty and Peter Godfrey-Faussett

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 36, issue 2, pages e29-e31
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/344774
Postmalaria Neurological Syndrome: Two Cases from The Gambia

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We describe 2 patients with severe Plasmodium falciparum malaria whose convalescence was complicated by fever, with acute confusion and acalculia in one patient and a triad of myoclonus, tremor, and dysphasia in the other. Inflammatory changes were found in cerebrospinal fluid samples. Postmalaria neurological syndrome was diagnosed in each patient, and a therapeutic response to oral corticosteroids was seen in the second patient.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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