What is the pathophysiology of malaria caused by Plasmodium ovale (P ovale)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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These infections are similar to P vivax infections, although they are usually less severe. P ovale infection often resolves without treatment. Similar to P vivax, P ovale infects only immature RBCs, and parasitemia is usually less than that seen in P falciparum.


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