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

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe mixing stories

Untreated syphillis can lead to what is called tertiary syphillis, which affects the brain and can look like schizophrenia.
Before medications were available to treat syphillis, people with tertiary syphillis were treated by deliberately infecting them with malaria: the high fevers that resulted killed the bacteria and halted disease progression.

In brief: Maybe mixing stories

Untreated syphillis can lead to what is called tertiary syphillis, which affects the brain and can look like schizophrenia.
Before medications were available to treat syphillis, people with tertiary syphillis were treated by deliberately infecting them with malaria: the high fevers that resulted killed the bacteria and halted disease progression.
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