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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Recrudescence and relapse in Malaria

Recrudescence is a re-attack of malaria because of the surviving malaria parasites in red blood cells. Characteristic of P.malariae infections. This may be short term or delayed.
Relapse is a re-attack of malaria because of infection by the malarial parasites which were surviving in the liver (i.e. hypnozoites). This is usually a delayed feature.

2 comments:

REGINALD R GERVAS said...

hypnozoites are characteristic feature of P.ovale and P.vivax

Justin Shapario said...

Are the terms recrudescence and relapse used in special reference to malaria only?

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