Malarial nephropathy

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Malarial nephropathy

Malarial nephropathy is kidney failure attributed to malarial infection. Among various complications due to infection, renal-related disorders are often the most life-threatening.[1] Including malaria-induced renal lesions, infection may lead to both tubulointerstitial damage and glomerulonephritis.[2] In addition, malarial acute kidney failure has emerged as a serious problem due to its high mortality rate in non-immune adult patients.[2][3]

Signs and symptoms

In terms of the presentation of Malarial nephropathy we find the following:[1][2][3]


Due to the complex malarial syndrome, there are many pathogenic interactions leading to acute renal failure, such as hypovolemia, intravascular hemolysis and disseminated intravascular coagulation.[1][2][3] Malarial acute renal failure prevents the kidneys from efficiently removing excess fluid, electrolytes and waste material from the blood.[1][2][3][4] The accumulation of these fluids and material will cause adverse consequences for the patient including, electrolyte abnormality and increased urinary protein excretion.[4]

Histologic evidence shows a large combination of pathogenic mechanisms at play—acute tubular necrosis, interstitial nephritis and glomerulonephritis.[1]


The evaluation of this condition can be done via blood test[5][6]


Untreated patients often face a large number of physical complications, but early diagnosis and effective treatment can reduce the high risk of mortality in patients.[1][2][3] A three-pronged approach against infection is regularly needed for successful treatment. antimalarial drug therapy (e.g., artemisinin derivatives), fluid replacement (e.g., oral rehydration therapy), and if needed, renal replacement therapy.[1][2][3]


Malarial nephropathies are reported in endemic areas, such as Southeast Asia, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa.[1][2][3] The pathogenesis of acute kidney injury in severe malaria is unspecific and multifactorial—it affects fewer than 4.8 percent of cases, but reports a high risk of mortality (15 to 45 percent).[1][2][3]


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  6. da Silva, Geraldo Bezerra; Pinto, José Reginaldo; Barros, Elvino José Guardão; Farias, Geysa Maria Nogueira; Daher, Elizabeth De Francesco (3 August 2017). "Kidney involvement in malaria: an update". Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo. 59: e53. doi:10.1590/S1678-9946201759053. ISSN 0036-4665. Archived from the original on 15 January 2024. Retrieved 9 January 2024.