What is the disease course of malaria caused by Plasmodium malariae (P malariae)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Persons infected with this species of Plasmodium remain asymptomatic for a much longer period of time than do those infected with P vivax or P ovale. Recrudescence is common in persons infected with P malariae. It often is associated with a nephrotic syndrome, possibly resulting from deposition of antibody-antigen complex on the glomeruli.


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