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Doctor insights on: Malaria Antigen Detection Tests

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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


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Whats the cause of fever and chills during antibiotic treatment when viral and malaria are ruled out and anti fungal medicine is also being given .?

Whats the cause of fever and chills during antibiotic treatment when viral and malaria are ruled out and  anti fungal medicine is also being given .?

FUO: Fuo, or fever of unknown origin, can have a large variety of causes. Classically it was due to infections that didn't respond to usual antibiotics, like tuberculosis or malaria, but it also includes things like autoimmune diseases and malignancy. It is difficult to "rule out" viral illness as a cause, as well. You need an infectious disease specialist to take a detailed history and exam. ...Read more

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My son 15 months old has high fever for last 8 days continuous. Managed with pcm and antibiotics. No malaria, dengue, typhoid. Has cough too. ?

My son 15 months old has high fever for last 8 days continuous. Managed with pcm and antibiotics. No malaria, dengue, typhoid. Has cough too. ?

High fever: Your child needs a complete workup, including complete blood count, esr, CRP and blood cultures.If no source for the fever can be found see a rheumatologist or hematologist for further evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does it mean to test positive to malaria parasite?

What does it mean to test positive to malaria parasite?

Malaria: This means that you have malaria, assuming the testing was the microscopic examination of blood smears and the parasites were seen in the red blood cells or extrinsic to them. ...Read more

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Which is the most common test used for malaria?

Which is the most common test used for malaria?

Blood films use to: Diagnose malaria diagnosis has been the microscopic examination of blood, utilizing blood films. Although blood is the sample most frequently used to make a diagnosis, both saliva and urine have been investigated as alternative. More recently, modern techniques utilizing antigen tests or polymerase chain reaction have been discovered. ...Read more

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What is used to test for malaria?

What is used to test for malaria?

The blood cells: The blood cells contain the parasite and a thick smear preparation is used to look for the parasite. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in diagnosing malaria, if the first blood test is negative, what chances are there that the person has the disease?

Can you tell me in diagnosing malaria, if the first blood test is negative, what chances are there that the person has the disease?

Pretty good: The level of parasites in the blood may be quite low at first. The familiar microscopic study with a giemsa stain is difficult and requires a lot of experience and skill. If there's a high index of suspicion, a person might be treated empirically, or it may be wiser to watch and test again if the disease becomes worse or really looks like malaria. ...Read more

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Is it possible I could still have malaria even after tests have come back negative?

Is it possible I could still have malaria even after tests have come back negative?

Yes: Parasites detection may lag behind symptoms of malaria sometimes for many days, if initial test is negative, it should be repeated every 12 hours until malaria is detected or ruled out. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more