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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 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 someone present with sxs similar to schizophrenia for years?

Can malaria cause someone present with sxs similar to schizophrenia for years?

Not likely: The two diseases are incredibly dissimilar. When malaria does produce alterations in thought patterns it is due to delerium from markedly elevated fevers, to profound anemia with cerebral hypoxia, to cerebral malaria (p. Falciparum), or to associated mosquito borne infections with other organisms, all of which are acute illnesses, often resulting in death. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hypotension?

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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Why does malaria cause diarrhea?

Why does malaria cause diarrhea?

Adaptive: Malaria is a disease caused by parasites and transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There can sometimes be vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, and yellowing (jaundice) of the skin. The vomiting, diarrhea, and coughing are, in part, an effort by the body (in its infinite wisdom) to rid itself of the parasite, which has taken up residence inside the body, where it wreaks havoc. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hypotension in surgery?

Several things: Lots of things can cause low blood pressure. If it is related to surgery, the first thing i would consider would be bleeding (bad to miss and easy to correct). The anesthetic agents themselves can lower blood pressure. If the patietn had a heart attack during surgery the blood pressure could be low. So the anesthesiologist must figure out which problem it is, as the treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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What is the pathogen that causes the malaria?

What is the pathogen that causes the malaria?

Malaria: The protozoan parasites that cause Malaria include : Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale & Plasmodium malariae. ...Read more

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Why don't mosquito bites in the U.S. cause malaria?

Why don't mosquito bites in the U.S. cause malaria?

Malaria Mosquitoes: There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Only 30 to 40 species of female Anopheles mosquitoes act as a vector for Malaria. The mosquito would need to be infected with one of the species of malaria parasites. ...Read more

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Is ortho static hypotension ever a cause for concern?

Is ortho static hypotension ever a cause for concern?

Orthostatic hypotens: The significance has to do with the problems caused by dropping blood pressure with position change. This can be very problematic for people. See the following wiki for more details: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/orthostatic_hypotension. ...Read more

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What are the causes of isolated diastolic hypotension?

Many causes: Usually it is due to dehydration and electrolyte deficiencies in young adults. Rarely, it is due to leaky aortic valves. Sometimes it is due to certain hormone deficiencies or anemia. You should see your doctor for lab tests and to see if you have leaky valve (murmur on exam) and if further evaluation with echocardiogram is needed. ...Read more

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What are some drugs that cause hypotension after surgery?

Several: Any of the drugs that are used to treat hypertension can cause hypotension. Diuretics for instance cause an increase in urine flow and can lead to hypotension. But more importantly, if a patient has a low blood pressure following surgery, one should consider that the patient may be bleeding. Also some medicines used to control pain or anxiety could lead to hypotension. ...Read more

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What is the cause of thrombocytopenia in malaria patients?

What is the cause of thrombocytopenia in malaria patients?

Enlarged spleen: The spleen is enlarged in patients with malaria and an enlarged spleen form any cause can destroy more platelets and cause thrombocytopenia. ...Read more

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What is the cause of thrombocytopenia in most malaria patients?

Enlarged spleen: An enlarged spleen, due to any cause can cause excessive destruction of platelets. Malaria is generally associated with an enlarged spleen. ...Read more

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What causes hypotension and what are the symptoms? Do you just faint?

What causes hypotension and what are the symptoms? Do you just faint?

Hypotension: There are many causes of hypotension from dehydration to bleeding or an overwhelming infection or sepsis. Often people with significant hypotension can pass out so the first treatment is to lay the patient flat in order to keep the blood going to the brain. Also patients are given lots of fluids to expand the volume. ...Read more

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Pt from pakistan.having malaria in every month.she recoverd completly but next month she has again malaria..cause and treatment??

Pt from pakistan.having malaria in every month.she recoverd completly but next month she has again malaria..cause and treatment??

Difficult: Lillian most forms of malaria are easy to deal with and treat.P falciparum is tough and often difficult to treat. If the malaria has come back it need to be retreated. Smears of the blood know as wet smears and dry smears are examined. Then once identified it needs to be blasted with the drugs now available. ...Read more

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What causes brain malaria?

What causes brain malaria?

PlasmodiumFalciparum: It is caused by Malaria Parasite called Plasmodium Faciparum and is infected to humans by Mosquito Bites It is the severest and deadliest Plasmdium Falciparum Malaria Parasite that causes Brain Malaria which can be fatal in 15% in adults in South East Asia ...Read more

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What are the causes of hypotension in pregnancy?

Is common : Low BP during pregnancy is common but doesnt mean the prenancy is the olny cause.Other causes should be ruled out.Thyroid dz, adrenal insuffiency, hypovolemia, etc should be addressed . If you are asymptomatic and there is no fetal distress and work up for secondary causes are ruled out , then should be fine. Your obstatrician may want to follow you more closely then most routine pregnancy. ...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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Can malaria drugs cause abortion?

Can malaria drugs cause abortion?

Unlikely: Anti-malarial drugs have not been shown to cause abortion. In fact, we can treat malaria during pregnancy depending on the medication used. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These parasites infect red blood cells, causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to four weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more