Cerebral Malaria Pathogenesis

Revisiting Parasite and Host Contributions

Georges Emile Raymond Grau; Alister Gordon Craig

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Future Microbiol. 2012;7(2):291-302. 

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Abstract

Cerebral malaria is one of a number of clinical syndromes associated with infection by human malaria parasites of the genus Plasmodium. The etiology of cerebral malaria derives from sequestration of parasitized red cells in brain microvasculature and is thought to be enhanced by the proinflammatory status of the host and virulence characteristics of the infecting parasite variant. In this article we examine the range of factors thought to influence the development of Plasmodium falciparum cerebral malaria in humans and review the evidence to support their role.

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