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Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1988;82(3):376-9.

Clinical course of malaria in pregnancy--a prospective controlled study from India.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.


A prospective hospital-based study was conducted from June 1984 to November 1985 in northern India to study the morbidity pattern of malaria in pregnant women. 78 pregnant and 22 non-pregnant women with malarial infection (60% Plasmodium vivax and 40% P. falciparum) were included in the study. The results were analysed according to period of gestation, parity and type of infection. Severity of clinical illness was significantly higher in pregnant patients for both P. vivax and P. falciparum infections. Some striking differences were found in our study when compared with those from African countries. Multigravidas had a slightly higher morbidity than primigravidas, though the difference was not statistically significant. Even though only a small proportion (1.4%) of our pregnant patients were affected by malaria, cerebral malaria, maternal deaths, intrauterine foetal deaths and pre-term labours were much more common.

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