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Korean J Infect Dis. 1999 Feb;31(1):41-45. Korean. Case Report.
Jeong IK , Oh MD , Chai JY , Lee HW , Lee WJ , Lee JS , Soe DH , Choe KW .
Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Parasitology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Medical Zoology, National Institute of Health, Blood Transfusion Research Institute, Seoul, Korea.
Korean Red Cross, Seoul, Korea.
Abstract

We report a case of a 39 year-old woman with transfusion-induced malaria presenting as fever of unknown origin. She had been well until 2 months ago when lower abdominal pain developed. Pelvic ultrasonography revealed an ovarian mass and an operation was performed. Two weeks after the operation, she developed a fever. Peripheral blood smear revealed developmental stages of Plasmodium vivax. The patient had received two units of whole blood during the operation, which was later proven to have been donated by a asymptomatic soldier who contracted tertian malaria while serving near the DMZ, an endemic area of malaria in South Korea. Considering such a case, malaria should be included in the differential diagnosis of post-transfusion febrile episodes.

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