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Volume 11, Number 7—July 2005

Dispatch

Blackwater Fever in Children, Burundi

Federico Gobbi*Comments to Author , Sabrina Audagnotto*, Laura Trentini*, Innocent Nkurunziza†, Manuel Corachan‡, and Giovanni Di Perri*
Author affiliations: *Clinica Universitaria Malattie Infettive, Turin, Italy; †Hopital de Kiremba, Ngozi, Burundi; ‡University Hospital, Barcelona, Spain

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Clinical data from children at the onset of blackwater fever

Data Case 1 Case 2 Case 3 Case 4 Case 5 Case 6 Case 7 Case 8 Case 9
Age 13 3 5 14 7 12 14 3 3
Hemoglobin (g/dL) 4.2 3.8 2.2 4.6 5.8 4.3 2.5 2.5 3.1
Parasites/μL 4,700 6,800 8,100 1,680 0 7,600 11,480 5,450 0
Fever* + + + + + + + +
Jaundice† + + +
Hepatomegaly‡ + + +
Splenomegaly‡ + + + + + +
Vomiting + + + +
Oligoanuria
Abdominal pain + + +

*Axillary temperature >37.5°C.
†Total bilirubinemia >1.5 mg/dL.
‡Manually assessed, >2 cm by costal margin.

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