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What causes hypotension when someone has malaria?

What causes hypotension when someone has malaria?

Many things: Malaria is a viral illness and cause fevers, during fevers there is vasodilitation which causes hypotension. Also as the virus attacks the body and the body attacks the virus many free radicals and chemical reactions take place many of which cause the body's blood vessels to dilate and cause hypotension. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hypotension (Definition)

Hypotension is also known as Low blood pressure. Hypotension is defined as "low blood pressure". Blood pressure is measured as two numbers and expressed as systolic blood pressure (sbp) / diastolic blood pressure (dbp). The sbp is the pressure that is generated when the heart squeezes. Dbp occurs when the heart relaxes. 120/70 is considered normal in adults. Less than 100/60 (of either number) can ...Read more


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Can malaria cause kidney failure?

Can malaria cause kidney failure?

Yes: The malaria parasite lives and divides in the red blood cells. In some forms of malaria, there are so many parasites that the red cells start getting trapped in the small blood vessels, blocking blood flow. In addition there can be massive destruction of red cells in the blood vessels, fragments of which block smaller blood vessels. This can cause kidney failure. ...Read more

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Can malaria symptoms reappear later in a lifetime and what can cause it?

Can malaria symptoms reappear later in a lifetime and what can cause it?

Recurrent malaria: Malaria due to different species of plasmodium can recur if the extra-erythrocytic phases of the disease are not appropriately managed. When recurrence happens it has to be treated as primary malaria and all forms of the disease must be managed. It has been reported to recur as long as 26 years after primary infection. I have seen it 20 years after. ...Read more

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How does malaria cause death?

How does malaria cause death?

Several ways: Falciparum causes the organism-bearing red cells to stick together and sludge in the brain. Rapid destruction of red cells at the same time can make you anemic enough to cause death, or kill you by elevation the blood potassium, or freed hemoglobin shutting down the kidneys. A variety of more subtle mechanisms can also kill. Malaria is a neglected killer especially of the world's children. ...Read more

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What causes hypotension?

Many: Anemia, low heart rate, fast heart rate, adrenal disease, bleeding, valvular disease, medications - these are the main causes. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hypotension?

Many causes: Hypotension can be caused by many causes - sometimes it is normal, other times by medications or metaboloic conditions such as low thyroid. Hypotension causing shock can be hypovolemic (from loss of blood), cardiogenic (heart function not working well), obstructive (pulmonary embolism causing blood vessel obstruction), or distriubutive (think sepsis, low adrenal function, anaphyaxis, toxins). ...Read more

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Can the anopheles mosquito cause any other disease except malaria?

Can the anopheles mosquito cause any other disease except malaria?

Yes it does: The anopheles mosquitoes have been around for 150 million years and now have about 460 species. Beside malaria, some species can also carry filarial worms, various arboviruses, onyong-nyong, tataguine, equine encephalitis, canine heartworm- dirofilaria immitis, as well as other viruses. ...Read more

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I was just wondering why does malaria cause haemoglobinuria?

I was just wondering why does malaria cause haemoglobinuria?

Malaria: The malaria parasite infects red blood cells (rbc's) where it goes through several multiplication stages. The rbc eventually ruptures, releasing the parasites and haemoglobin. The haemoglobin is filtered by the kidney and is excreted into the urine. Each new parasite then goes on to infect another rbc and the cycle is repeated. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

The word comes from italian "mala aria" (bad air), from the belief the disease was caused by unhealthy air in swampy districts. Spread by mosquitoes, the parasite enter the bloodstream & infect red blood cells causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to 4 weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more


Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Low Blood Pressure (Definition)

Low blood pressure, or hypotension, occurs when blood pressure during and after each heartbeat is much lower than usual. This means the heart, brain, and other parts of the body do ...Read more