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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 198-201
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome in neuro-malaria


1 Department of Radiology, Centre d'imagerie Médicale, Centre Médico Chirurgical (CMC) - groupe VITALIA 83, Avenue Charles de, Gaulle 15000, Aurillac, France
2 Service de réanimation médicale, hôpital Raymond Poincaré (assistance publique-hopitaux de Paris) 104 boulevard Raymond Poincaré, 92380 Garches, France
3 Service de radiologie, hôpital Raymond Poincaré (assistance publique-hopitaux de Paris) 104 boulevard Raymond Poincaré, 92380 Garches, France

Correspondence Address:
Alexis Lacout
Centre d'imagerie Médicale, Centre Médico Chirurgical (CMC) - groupe VITALIA 83, Avenue Charles de, Gaulle 15000, Aurillac
France
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.69357

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We report a case of a 37-year-old patient with Plasmodium falciparum infestation who developed posterior reversible encephalopathy. In cerebral malaria, microscopic studies have shown endothelial dysfunction and disruption of the blood-brain barrier. Data from the literature show that one of the mechanisms of posterior reversible encephalopathy may be capillary leakage and acute disruption of the blood-brain barrier. Our case supports the theory of blood-brain barrier disruption being a key factor in the causation of cerebral malaria.


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