A case of congenital malaria in Malaysia with IgM malaria antibodies.

  • V Thomas, C W Chit
  • Published 1980 in
    Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical…


Congenital malaria from Malaysia is reported here for the first time. It occurred in a baby boy born to a 16-year-old primigravida who contracted Plasmodium falciparum infection during pregnancy. She suffered malaria during the later stages of pregnancy and at parturition. The placenta was heavily infested with various asexual stages of P. falciparum. Gametocytes were not seen. Extensive search did not show other species. Cord blood showed very light infection with young trophozoites of P. falciparum. Serological studies using IFA technique showed specific IgG and IgM antibodies to P. falciparum in maternal cord and two early neonatal sera. These serum samples showed lower levels of IgG antibodies against P. vivax and P. malariae, but there were no specific IgM antibodies against these species. The value of specific IgM antibody in the diagnosis of congenital malaria is discussed.

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@article{Thomas1980ACO, title={A case of congenital malaria in Malaysia with IgM malaria antibodies.}, author={V Thomas and C W Chit}, journal={Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene}, year={1980}, volume={74 1}, pages={73-6} }