Tove Heger

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BACKGROUND The pattern of host defense against plasmodium is comparable to the immune response to bacterial infection. Posttraumatic immunosuppression may therefore cause relapses of malaria secondary to trauma and trauma surgery in asymptomatic carriers of the parasites in endemic areas. To our knowledge this has not been validated in epidemiologic(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the impact of post-injury falciparum malaria on morbidity parameters in Cambodia. METHOD Retrospective study of 227 trauma patients managed at a surgical centre in Battambang, Cambodia. RESULTS Within 10 days of the injury, 42.7% of the study population developed symptomatic malaria. In patients with post-injury malaria, the rate of(More)
Asymptomatically infected patients with falciparum malaria may develop symptomatic malaria infection secondary to injury or surgery. This complication increases the risk for postoperative wound infection and adds to the burden of trauma. The aims of the present study were to investigate the preventive effect of early antimalaria treatment of Plasmodium(More)
Quantitative studies indicate that one-third of trauma victims in malaria endemic areas of Cambodia develop postinjury malaria. The main aim of this study was to assess the medical significance of the complication. All local doctors with trauma care surgical experience in the Battambang Province of Cambodia were interviewed regarding their experiences with(More)
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