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Can malaria lead to liver failure?

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Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Rarely: It is rare to have liver damage secondary to malaria and when it happens it is the result of a coexisting liver condition such as viral hepatitis and chronic liver disease. Malaria caused by plasmodium falciparum may cause liver failure esp if it s is recurrent. As you will see the life cycle of malaria involves liver, however again the damage is rare.
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Yes but rarely: Malaria is caused by the parasite, falciparum malaria, which can cause the red cells to be deformed and block the blood flow in the liver. While sever liver damage is rare, it is a known cause for acute liver failure, particularly in patients with pre-existing liver diseases.

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