transfusions may be considered for treating severe cases of
The percentage of blood cells infected with
the parasite (parasite density) is greater than 10%.
You have altered mental capacity (severe confusion) due to the
You have lung or kidney complications.
Exchange blood transfusion is the quickest way to remove
parasites. This procedure involves withdrawing blood from you at the same time
that donor blood is being injected. During this exchange, the amount of blood
in your body stays constant. Quinine is given by needle into a vein
(intravenously) at the same time as the blood transfusion. Parasite density is
checked every 12 hours until it is less than 1%.6