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Case Reports in Critical Care
Volume 2012, Article ID 312458, 3 pages
Case Report

Hyperglycemia in Severe Falciparum Malaria: A Case Report

Department of Infectious Diseases, Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital, Piazza Ospedale Maggiore 3, 20162 Milano, Italy

Received 26 September 2012; Accepted 13 October 2012

Academic Editors: M. Egi and P. Kopterides

Copyright © 2012 Leonardo Chianura et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Occasionally, malaria may present with unusual signs and symptoms. We report a case of an uncommon presentation of Plasmodium falciparum infection in a 59-year-old Ethiopian immigrant, which initially presented with hyperglycaemia and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS). Reports of unusual presentations of malaria are few and cases of severe malaria with hyperglycaemia are rarely described. As hyperglycaemia is associated to most severe malaria and high mortality, our aim is to catch the attention of the physicians on this entity.