Case Report: Severe Plasmodium vivax Malaria after Splenectomy

Published: June 20, 2023


Kambuaya NN, Rini H, Shanti PAI, Alexander K, Candrawati F, Prayoga P, Leonardo L, Margayani DS, Yayang BTG, Kenangalem E, Buffet PA, Anstey NM, Poespoprodjo JR, Kho S. Case Report: Severe Plasmodium vivax Malaria after Splenectomy. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2023 Jun 20;109(2):284-287. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.23-0147. PMID: 37339765; PMCID: PMC10397454.


Severe malaria after splenectomy has been reported with infections with Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium knowlesi, and Plasmodium malariae, but is less well-characterized with Plasmodium vivax. We describe a case of severe P. vivax malaria with hypotension, prostration, and acute kidney injury occurring 2 months after splenectomy in Papua, Indonesia. The patient was treated successfully with intravenous artesunate.