Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Hum Pathol. 2007 Mar;38(3):520-3. Epub 2007 Jan 19.

An unusual presentation of placental malaria: a single persisting nidus of sequestered parasites.

Author information

  • 1Mother-Offspring Malaria Studies Project, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle WA 98109, USA.

Abstract

Placental malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum is a public health concern in tropical countries. Peripheral blood smears to detect placental malaria are often negative, and recrudescences are common during pregnancy. We performed placental histology on a series of first-time mothers delivering in an area endemic for P falciparum. A single nidus of malaria-infected erythrocytes was identified by placental histology in a single intervillous space from a woman who had no other evidence of peripheral or placental blood parasitemia. This finding suggests ring stage-infected erythrocytes sequester in vivo, or P falciparum can persist as a dormant blood stage form.

PMID:
17239927
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk