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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


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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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When a blood cultuce results comes back saying you have malaria +3, does that mean HIV positive as well?

When a blood cultuce results comes back saying you have malaria +3, does that mean HIV positive as well?

Not related: The test for malaria is where a thin film of blood is examined through a microscope after being stained and the number of red blood cells that are infected with the malaria parasite are counted. 3+ would mean a fairly high number. This test has no relation to an HIV test, which is entirely different. ...Read more

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Carry +ana 160 homo new low c3/4 comp & both lymphocyte test w/ other symptoms. Given meds to treat malaria and lupus. Does this mean I have lupus?

Carry +ana 160 homo new low c3/4 comp &  both lymphocyte test w/ other symptoms. Given meds to treat malaria and lupus. Does this mean I have lupus?

Very possible: With the limited information given the diagnosis of lupus is strongly suggested .This is base on a positive ANA low complement levels and low white blood cell count there are many other features to lupus it sounds like your were goven Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) which is very commonly used to treat mild lupus. Make sure to follow through with your rheumatologist and make sure you have a baseline eye exam. ...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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How long will i show positive to malaria?

Malaria: Until treated effectively the parasite will appear in the red blood cells and some free forms in the blood smear. Effective therapy for the hematogenous forms and the extraerythrocytic phase will cure this disease. ...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 mean i had Immunity from malaria with out takeing anything ?

What is mean i had Immunity from malaria with out takeing anything ?

Genetics: There are some genetic traits that make some individuals immune to infection with malaria and then there some rare instances of acquired immunity through exposure. Your situation must also include more information or diagnoses such as blood cell testing or genetic' traits to explain the immunity. ...Read more

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Was given Lonart - DS and test results says I do not have malaria?

Was given Lonart - DS and test results says I do not have malaria?

Side effects ..: ...would not be expected to be any different or any worse if you actually don't have the condition for which the medication was prescribed, i.e. malaria. Lonart-DS can cause headache, dizziness and loss of appetite, though mild in most cases. For some it impacts sleep, causes tremor or ear ringing. If you truly don't have malaria, stop taking it:) Good wishes. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the differential diagnosis of malaria, and what does it mean?

Help please? What is the differential diagnosis of malaria, and what does it mean?

DDx of malaria: The differential diagnosis of malaria would actually be the differential diagnosis of any acute febrile illness for which malaria would be a possibility. Anyone who resided in a malarial zone, or who had recently visited one, would have the differential of malaria as a possible cause if they developed an acute febrile illness. ...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

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How long does it take for malaria blood tests to come back?

How long does it take for malaria blood tests to come back?

Minutes to days: Examination of blood smear for malarial parasites takes considerable skill, however, depending on the severity of parasite levels, a skilled person may diagnose it in a matter of minute. If more involved testing is needed, it may take a 2-3 days or even longer. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the differential diagnosis of malaria, and what does it mean?

DDx of malaria: The differential diagnosis of malaria would actually be the differential diagnosis of any acute febrile illness for which malaria would be a possibility. Anyone who resided in a malarial zone, or who had recently visited one, would have the differential of malaria as a possible cause if they developed an acute febrile illness. ...Read more

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What are the tests to detect for malaria?

What are the tests to detect for malaria?

Blood smears: Smears of fresh blood examined under the microscope. ...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