What monitoring is needed of patients treated for malaria?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Patients with non– P falciparum malaria who are well can usually be treated on an outpatient basis. Obtain blood smears every day to demonstrate response to treatment. The sexual stage of the protozoan, the gametocyte, does not respond to most standard medications (eg, chloroquine, quinine), but gametocytes eventually die and do not pose a threat to the individual's health.


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