SPLENOMEGALY AS AN INDICATOR OF PLASMODIUM INFECTION

Asif Hussain Munir, Zahid Ashraf, Shaheena Mumtaz, Aurangzaib, Rizwan Ullah Khan

Department of Pathology, Khyber Medical College, Peshawar - Pakistan

Abstract

Objective: To establish a correlation between splenomegaly and malaria in patients presenting with atypical symptoms.

Material and Methods: It is a cross sectional descriptive study done in a private clinic from Sep 2013 to April 2014 in Peshawar.

Results: Total of 150 patients were selected who were positive for malaria on ICT kit out of which 135 were positive for malaria on peripheral smear examination. Out of these 135 patients, 95 showed splenomegaly of variable size on abdominal ultrasound i.e. 70% malaria infected patients had splenomegaly.

Conclusion: Splenomegaly is a strong indicator of malaria in our area.

Keywords: Plasmodium Falciparum, Splenomegaly, Splenic rupture.

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