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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: João André Alves Silva, M.D. [2]

Overview

Physical findings in malaria may include fever, weakness, pallor, jaundice, and perspiration. Other findings on physical exam are tachycardia, tachypnea, splenomegaly, and hepatomegaly.

Physical Examination

Appearance of the Patient

The appearance of the patient depends on the stage of the disease. The patient may be ill-looking, shivering, and/or sweating. After the fever episode, patients appear extremely tired and sleepy. In more severe cases of the disease, the patient may appear anemic, with jaundice, or even in coma.[1]

Vitals

Temperature

Pulse

Rate

Blood Pressure

  • Hypotension may be present (in severe cases of the disease)

Respiratory Rate

Skin

Eyes

Nose

Throat

  • The throat may be erythematous

Lungs

Abdomen

Genitourinary

Extremities

Neurologic

References

  1. "Malaria".



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