Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, ISSN - 0973 - 709X

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Table of Contents - Year : 2016 | Month : January | Volume : 10 | Issue : 1 | Page : OD05 - OD06

Spontaneous Subdural Haemorrhage: A Rare Association with Plasmodium Vivax Malaria OD05-OD06

Ajay Raj Mallela, Shetty Hari Prasad, Rohini Koya, Vasudev Acharya, Shastry Barkur Anantha Krishna

Dr. Mallela Ajay Raj,
Junior Resident, Department of Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Udupi-576104, Karnataka, India.

Malaria is an endemic disease in tropical countries and disease of universal importance. Central Nervous System (CNS) complications of malaria are severe and associated with significant mortality. Thrombocytopaenia in malaria causing haemorrhagic CNS complications is rare. We report a case of 35-year-old male patient presented with headache, vomiting and was diagnosed to have subdural haemorrhage (SDH). On examination patient was found to be febrile with peripheral smear showing evidence of Plasmodium vivax (P.vivax) infection with severe thrombocytopaenia. In endemic regions with malaria, SDH being rare presentation of malaria should be considered as a differential diagnosis in febrile patients with neurological manifestations. Rarity of spontaneous SDH in malaria and raising awareness amongst treating physicians about the same is the driving factor for reporting this case.