Neurological findings and outcome in adult cerebral malaria

The neurological findings of 100 patients of adult cerebral malaria were studied. The commonest neurological feature was symmetrical upper motor neuron lesion as evidenced by exaggerated tendon reflexes and bilateral planter extensor (61%). Twenty two percent had features of meningeal irritation and/or meningism. Abnormal posturing occurred decerebrate rigidity (6%) and decorticate rigidity (4%) with or without opisthotonus, focal neurological deficit was noted in 5% cases. Pupillary size and reaction were normal in 86%, poor in 14%.


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