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Malaria: Life-Threatening Complications - Topic Overview

Life-threatening complications can develop with a malaria infection, especially when a person is infected by the malaria-causing parasitePlasmodium (P.) falciparum.

When the parasite infects red blood cells, the cells stick to the walls of blood vessels. As the blood vessels become blocked, blood supply to vital organs stops, and the person may die without treatment.

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Life-threatening situations because of malaria infection with P. falciparum may include:

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