What is the role of blood glucose testing in the diagnosis and management of malaria?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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If the patient has cerebral malaria, obtain a blood glucose level to rule out hypoglycemia as a cause of mental-status changes. Note that intravenous (IV) quinine can induce hypoglycemia; therefore, blood glucose should be monitored when IV quinine is used.


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