Thrombocytopenia in patients diagnosed with Malaria in District Buner, KP

  • Noor Muhammad Peshawar Medical College
  • Muhammad Hammad Khan 0301-8804906
  • Hafiza Ayesha Jawaid Peshawar Medical College
  • Syed Mohsin Ali Shah Peshawar Medical College
  • Muhammad Owais Ali Peshawar Medical College
  • Ayesha Sher Khan Rehman College of Dentistry
Keywords: Malaria, Thrombocytopenia, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium falciparum.


Introduction: Thrombocytopenia is one of the numerous complications of malaria infection, which could be lethal if not diagnosed and managed on time. Our study aims to determine the occurrence of thrombocytopenia in patients hospitalized with malaria.
Material and Methods: A retrospective cross-sectional study was conducted between January 2016 till December 2019. Data was collected from the patient’s record registers. A total of 201 cases were included in this study. Data was collected, entered, and analyzed in IBM SPSS 23 software package.
Results: Out of the total 201 cases, 108 (53.7%) were males and 93 (46.3%) were females. 189 (94%) cases were suffering from P. vivax, 10 (5%) were suffering from P. falciparum, and cases suffering from both were only 2 (1%). Thrombocytopenia was present in 183 (91.04%) cases (95% confidence interval 2.13-2.37). 91.53% (n=173) of cases diagnosed with P. vivax had thrombocytopenia while 90% (n=9) cases diagnosed with P. falciparum had thrombocytopenia.
Conclusion: We conclude from this study that, thrombocytopenia occurs in all species of malaria and is not a distinguishing feature between the principal types of malaria. With prompt identification and management, platelets count reverts back to normal.


Author Biographies

Noor Muhammad, Peshawar Medical College

Associate Professor of Medicine, Kuwait Teaching Hospital

Hafiza Ayesha Jawaid, Peshawar Medical College

House Officer, Kuwait Teaching Hospital

Syed Mohsin Ali Shah, Peshawar Medical College

House Officer, Kuwait Teaching Hospital

Muhammad Owais Ali, Peshawar Medical College

House Officer, Kuwait Teaching Hospital

Ayesha Sher Khan, Rehman College of Dentistry

2nd Year BDs


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How to Cite
Muhammad N, Khan M, Jawaid H, Shah SM, Ali M, Khan A. Thrombocytopenia in patients diagnosed with Malaria in District Buner, KP. JRMC [Internet]. 30Dec.2020 [cited 2Oct.2022];24(4):316-21. Available from: