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BACKGROUND Fever with reduced consciousness is an important cause of hospital admission of children in sub-Saharan Africa, with high mortality. Cerebral malaria, diagnosed when acute Plasmodium falciparum infection and coma are recorded with no other apparent reason, is one important cause. We investigated whether viruses could also be an important cause of(More)
OBJECTIVE Cardiac dysfunction may contribute to high mortality in severely malnourished children. Our objective was to assess the effect of malnutrition on cardiac function in hospitalised African children. DESIGN Prospective cross-sectional study. SETTING Public referral hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. PATIENTS We enrolled 272 stable, hospitalised(More)
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