Myocardial damage in falciparum malaria detectable by cardiac troponin T is rare
To estimate the prevalence of myocardial damage in falciparum malaria by serum concentration of cardiac troponin T. methods
Retrospective study of stored sera and patient files; assessment of acute myocardial damage by serum concentration or activity of cardiac troponin T, creatine kinase, creatine kinase MB and myoglobin and by routine electrocardiography. results
A total of 161 patients with falciparum malaria were included in the study; troponin T was elevated in one case (0.6%), no CK-MB elevations were found, myoglobin was elevated in 10 of 161 patients (6.2%), all of whom were elderly and had concomitant elevated serum concentration levels of cystatin C; ECG abnormalities were seen in 23 patients. conclusion
Assessed by troponin T, myocardial damage in falciparum malaria is rare.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Institut für Tropenmedizin, Charité, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany 2: Institut für Tropenmedizin, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Germany 3: Medizinische Klinik mit Schwerpunkt Infektiologie, Charité Campus Virchow, Humbold-Universität zu Berlin, Germany 4: Abteilung für Laboratoriumsmedizin am Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin, Germany
Publication date: January 1, 2003