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      Non-correlation between CRP and rapid diagnostic tests for malaria among rural population in Southern Uganda (Original research paper)

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          Study of C reactive protein as a prognostic marker in malaria from Eastern India

          Background: C-reactive protein (CRP) is useful as marker of severity in malaria. African studies have shown that serum CRP levels correlate with parasite burden and complications in malaria, especially falciparum. However, there are very few data on CRP levels in Indian malaria patients. Materials and Methods: We assessed CRP levels in malaria patients at presentation and studied for any relation of CRP levels with subsequent prognosis. Statistical tests included student's t-test, Mann Whitney U test, and chi square test, all with 2-tailed analyzes. Results: Of 71 patients in our study, 42 (59.1%) were infected with P. falciparum. 23 (32.4%) patients needed admission and 10 (14.1%) died. Average CRP levels were quite high in malaria patients (31.29 ± 20.4 mg/L). There was no significant difference in CRP between vivax and falciparum cases. Admitted patients had significantly higher CRP levels compared to those treated on outdoor basis (47.11 ± 19.13 vs. 23.71 ± 16.35 mg/L; P 35 mg/L was highly sensitive in predicting mortality. Conclusion: Our study in Indian population corroborates the findings in African studies regarding prognostic role of CRP in malaria. CRP is an effective biomarker in assessing malaria severity and also for follow-up.
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            C-Reactive protein in malaria

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              Journal
              Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
              CSWHI
              Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
              2222386X
              20769741
              October 20 2017
              October 20 2017
              : 8
              : 3
              : 31-33
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              10.22359/cswhi_8_3_06
              © 2017

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