Algid malaria | definition of algid malaria by Medical dictionary
a form of falciparum malaria chiefly involving the gut and other abdominal viscera; gastric algid malaria
is characterized by persistent vomiting; dysenteric algid malaria
is characterized by bloody diarrheic stools in which enormous numbers of infected red blood cells are found.
Etymology: L, algere, to be cold
a rare complication of tropical malaria (occurring in 0.37% of cases) caused by the protozoan Plasmodium falciparum.
It is characterized by cold skin, profound weakness, and severe diarrhea. See also falciparum malaria
algid malaria A dangerous form in which the parasites in the blood cause a condition like bacterial SHOCK, with low blood pressure and cold skin. Urgent treatment to combat shock with transfusions and DOPAMINE, and energetic attack on the infecting malarial parasites, are necessary.
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Among the 360 complicated malaria cases, the most common complication was cerebral malaria in 38% cases, followed by acute renal failure (ARF) in 24% cases, hepatopathy in 23% cases, both ARF and hepatopathy in 11% cases, shock in 4% and algid malaria
in 1% cases.