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How does malaria cause death?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Robert Isaacs
Haemoglobin shutting down the kidneys. Once also called blackwater fever, the most dreaded late-stage manifestation of malaria back in the 1800's, and which was so-described at the time prior to clear understanding of the pathophysiology being known..
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