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Thursday, March 8, 2018
Cerebral malaria in a young woman who had traveled to Africa
A young woman became sick after visiting Zambia. She died a few weeks
after onset of headache and flu-like symptoms. The slide is not dirty! The
dirty-looking stuff in the picture below is birefringent pigment called hemozoin. This is typical of
a falciparum infection. There are ring hemorrhages and Dürck granulomas present
as well. Dürck granulomas are accumulations of mononuclear cells, predominantly
macrophages, probably related to resorption of ring hemorrhages.