Severe malaria - a case of fatal Plasmodium knowlesi infection with post-mortem findings: a case report
- Janet Cox-Singh†1, 2Email author,
- Jessie Hiu†3,
- Sebastian B Lucas4,
- Paul C Divis2,
- Mohammad Zulkarnaen2,
- Patricia Chandran5,
- Kum T Wong5,
- Patricia Adem6,
- Sherif R Zaki6,
- Balbir Singh2 and
- Sanjeev Krishna1, 2
© Cox-Singh et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
Received: 6 November 2009
Accepted: 11 January 2010
Published: 11 January 2010
Zoonotic malaria caused by Plasmodium knowlesi is an important, but newly recognized, human pathogen. For the first time, post-mortem findings from a fatal case of knowlesi malaria are reported here.
A formerly healthy 40 year-old male became symptomatic 10 days after spending time in the jungle of North Borneo. Four days later, he presented to hospital in a state of collapse and died within two hours. He was hyponatraemic and had elevated blood urea, potassium, lactate dehydrogenase and amino transferase values; he was also thrombocytopenic and eosinophilic. Dengue haemorrhagic shock was suspected and a post-mortem examination performed. Investigations for dengue virus were negative. Blood for malaria parasites indicated hyperparasitaemia and single species P. knowlesi infection was confirmed by nested-PCR. Macroscopic pathology of the brain and endocardium showed multiple petechial haemorrhages, the liver and spleen were enlarged and lungs had features consistent with ARDS. Microscopic pathology showed sequestration of pigmented parasitized red blood cells in the vessels of the cerebrum, cerebellum, heart and kidney without evidence of chronic inflammatory reaction in the brain or any other organ examined. Brain sections were negative for intracellular adhesion molecule-1. The spleen and liver had abundant pigment containing macrophages and parasitized red blood cells. The kidney had evidence of acute tubular necrosis and endothelial cells in heart sections were prominent.
The overall picture in this case was one of systemic malaria infection that fit the WHO classification for severe malaria. Post-mortem findings in this case were unexpectedly similar to those that define fatal falciparum malaria, including cerebral pathology. There were important differences including the absence of coma despite petechial haemorrhages and parasite sequestration in the brain. These results suggest that further study of knowlesi malaria will aid the interpretation of, often conflicting, information on malaria pathophysiology in humans.
The underlying pathophysiology of malaria is not well understood despite considerable and prolonged international research effort. This effort is largely driven by the need to reduce the impact of Plasmodium falciparum on human life, particularly in African children [1, 2]. Part of the difficulty in studying the pathophysiology of P. falciparum malaria is the lack of a permissive animal model and a comparator disease in man. With the recent discovery of severe malaria, caused by the zoonotic parasite Plasmodium knowlesi in the human population of Southeast Asia [3, 4], it is now possible to link findings in primates and humans through this common agent.
In the natural primate hosts (long and pig-tailed macaques), P. knowlesi causes asymptomatic low-grade parasitism. In contrast, hyperparasitaemia and death ensue in the well-used Rhesus experimental model . Consequently, there is much information on experimental P. knowlesi malaria, including organ pathology in various animal models [6–8]. Natural P. knowlesi infections of humans were formerly missed because of morphological similarity with Plasmodium malariae[9, 10]. Now clinical descriptions of knowlesi malaria encompass a spectrum of disease ranging from uncomplicated to fatal malaria [3, 4].
The pathophysiology of severe knowlesi malaria in humans is undescribed, but nonetheless important for several reasons. First, to provide improved guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and management of severe knowlesi cases. Secondly, when severe knowlesi infection is compared with severe falciparum malaria, this can help clarify determinants of severe disease. Thirdly, it is possible that we are observing a P. knowlesi vertebrate host switch from Southeast Asian macaques to a full-blown emergence into the human population [11, 12]. Therefore, it is important to understand properly the disease caused by P. knowlesi to assist strategies to reduce health-impacts if human-to-human transmission of this virulent pathogen is established.
The clinical, laboratory and, for the first time, post-mortem findings in a fatal case of knowlesi malaria are reported here. The histopathology in various organs is explained within the context of P. knowlesi biology and comparisons with the salient features made with what is known of the pathophysiology of severe falciparum malaria [13–16].
History and examination
A forty year-old male was brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (8.30 am) in a state of collapse. He was unable to give a history himself or to stand. On examination his blood pressure was unrecordable and oxygen saturations were recorded as low.
The patient had no past medical history. He had spent two weeks in the jungles of Borneo before leaving for an urban setting. Ten days after leaving the jungle he experienced the onset of fever and body aches. Two days later, he sought treatment at a government outpatient clinic continuing to complain of fever and myalgia. A specific diagnosis was not made and he was able to work although he developed rashes the next day. He remained unwell for the next two days, when he presented in a state of collapse and had developed abdominal pain.
Resuscitation measures were begun and the patient was immediately intubated, given adrenaline/atropine and sodium bicarbonate. On examination and after resuscitation measures his vital signs were: symmetrical air entry into lungs, BP 58/44 mm Hg, pulse rate 40-50 per minute with poor peripheral perfusion and cyanosis. Heart sounds were normal. He had generalized petechiae and his abdomen was tense and distended.
Resuscitation measures continued for one hour, during which time "coffee grounds" were observed in the nasogastric aspirate. The patient became asystolic after one hour and although cardiopulmonary resuscitation was given for a further 20 minutes, there was no response. The patient was pronounced dead two hours after admission.
Dengue haemorrhagic shock was suspected and a post-mortem examination was performed approximately 24 hours later.
Admission laboratory findings
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External examination showed a well-nourished adult male. The conjunctivae showed tinges of jaundice and the right eye had subconjunctival haemorrhages. There were multiple petechial haemorrhages on the body and venepuncture sites were associated with marked bruising. Coffee ground material was noted in the mouth. Internal examination revealed no tissue oedema or excess fluid in the body cavities.
There were many PRBC's in the liver sinusoids with haemozoin pigment in Kupffer cells and evidence of haemophagocytosis. The portal tracts and sinusoids had moderate chronic lymphoplasmacytic inflammation. Overall the liver was non-cirrhotic but with severe macrovesicular steatosis. No cholestasis, regional necrosis or thrombotic microangiopathy was observed (Figure 5b).
The renal cortex showed dilated and congested blood vessels. Many PRBC were observed within glomerular capillaries with pigment deposition in the mesangium. There was no evidence of thrombotic microangiopathy (disseminated intravascular coagulation, DIC). The tubules showed acute tubular necrosis and regeneration. There were a small number of eosinophilic intra-tubular casts (Figure 5c).
Sequestration of PRBC's was evident in the small vessels of the heart (Figure 5d). Endothelial cells were prominent as sometimes observed in patients with sepsis whose cells are responding to generalized stimuli . There was no evidence of myocarditis and the heart muscle fibers appeared normal. There was focal petechial haemorrhage in the subendocardium, which may relate to resuscitation, or be secondary to malaria.
The adrenal gland appeared active with eosinophilic cytoplasm in the fasciculata layer with no evidence of PRBC sequestration or of parenchymal haemorrhage. Samples of lung, intestine or bone marrow were not available for histopathology examination.
The overall picture was one of systemic malaria infection with multi-organ damage, particularly in the brain where there was much vascular rupture and petechial haemorrhaging.
Fatal human knowlesi malaria has hitherto not been reported at post-mortem, so this report may increase our understanding of severe and fatal malaria whatever species cause these syndromes. Interestingly, vivax malaria is also becoming recognized as causing severe and sometimes fatal infection in a significant proportion of individuals, suggesting re-evaluation of the dogma that falciparum infection may be the only important cause of fatal disease [19–21].
The WHO classification for severe falciparum malaria would have included this individual because he had several qualifying features including hyperparasitaemia (~10% infected erythrocytes), renal impairment, jaundice and ARDS, although coma was not prominent in the history [3, 4, 22]. Commonly, dengue haemorrhagic fever can cause some of these signs, but was excluded by investigations. Co-infection of knowlesi with falciparum was also excluded by specific PCR and immunohistochemical examination.
The beefy appearance of lung tissue in this case is consistent with respiratory distress syndrome, but could not be confirmed histologically. Changes in the kidney of some recovering areas of acute tubular injury are consistent with the observation of renal impairment reported in other severe cases of knowlesi malaria and an underlying process of acute tubular necrosis related to systemic shock. There was disorganized white pulp in spleen perhaps as part of a wider stress response .
Despite the absence of antecedent established coma, cerebral pathology in this case is very similar to that observed in fatal falciparum infections, confirming that it was important to exclude this co-infection. Although there was obvious accumulation/sequestration of infected erythrocytes in capillaries and venules, there were also some differences between these appearances and those seen with fatal falciparum infections. For example, there was no platelet clumping, no notable thrombi, and uninfected erythrocytes were also interspersed with infected cells. Neither was up-regulation of ICAM-1 expression detected in endothelial cells, suggesting that the mechanism of sequestration/accumulation of infected erythrocytes in knowlesi infections needs further investigation. In falciparum cerebral malaria, display of ICAM-1 by up regulated endothelial cells mediates adhesion to parasitized red cells .
Hyperparasitaemia is a marker of severe falciparum malaria. It is also apparent in severe knowlesi infections , but is less commonly observed with severe vivax malaria. The 24 hr replicative cycle of asexual knowlesi may contribute to the rapidity with which hyperparasitaemia and clinical complications ensue. This shorter cycle compared with falciparum and vivax infections may overcome the reduced multiplicative capacity associated with the fewer merozoites generated by P. knowlesi (up to 16 per mature schizont) compared with P. falciparum (up to 36). Although up to 24 merozoites per schizont have been observed in Plasmodium vivax, parasitaemia is restricted to reticulocytes by limitation of invasion pathways in this species, rather than merozoite number.
Hyperparasitaemia in falciparum malaria is often explained by protection of late stage parasites from the filtering action of the spleen. Unlike P. falciparum infections, all asexual developmental stages are seen in the peripheral circulation of knowlesi-infected patients . Hyperparasitaemia in knowlesi malaria may not be modulated by splenic clearance in a similar manner as suggested for other non-sequestering human infections.
As with many fatal cases of falciparum malaria, malaria pigment was evident in blood films and was present in circulating leucocytes (~40%), tissue sections and organ specific macrophages. Reticuloendothelial changes in both liver and spleen were associated with pigment, accumulation of red cells and laden macrophages, and some inflammation in liver portal tracts was observed. Circulating pigment has been variably implicated as an indicator of poor prognosis for falciparum malaria [23–25] and there is evidence to support pigment-induced immuno-suppression, particularly of pigment-laden macrophages and monocytes [26–28]. It may be that the associations between parasitaemia, pigmentaemia and disease severity are more quantifiable in knowlesi compared with falciparum infections, where pigmented parasites are sequestered from peripheral blood samples and, therefore, unreliably quantifiable. In vivax malaria, pigment in parasites often appears more dispersed and it is rarely reported as a correlate of disease .
Among the malaria parasites of humans, cytoadherence is purportedly unique to P. falciparum, resulting in sequestration of all but early trophozoite stages in falciparum malaria. Cytoadherence is often implicated in malaria pathology and is mediated by the expression of variable var gene products (of the PfEMP-1 family) at the surface of infected host red blood cells with concomitant expression of post-capillary endothelial cell receptors [15, 30–32]. Although not easily quantifiable, partial sequestration was observed in this fatal case of knowlesi malaria as evidenced by an abundance of large pigment bearing parasites on the blood film obtained post-mortem and as accumulations in the microvasculature. We hypothesize that partial sequestration may be due to P. knowlesi infected cell agglutination mediated by variant surface antigens of P. knowlesi SICA var genes (orthologues of the PfEMP-1 family) [33, 34]. Importantly, in this fatal case of P. knowlesi, up-regulation of ICAM-1 was not detected, nor was there evidence for cytoadherence as parasitized cells were not marginalized and were interspersed with uninfected erythrocytes in smaller vessels.
Cerebral malaria and severe acute anaemia are often peculiar to falciparum infection while organ, respiratory and metabolic dysfunction are common with severe knowlesi, vivax and other forms of severe falciparum infection [3, 4, 19, 35–40]. Although late stages of parasites may be visible in the blood in falciparum infections, they are rare and associated with a poor prognosis. Testing the relative contribution of virulence factors to the development of severe malaria including, cytoadherence, hyperparasitaemia, cerebral malaria, organ failure, metabolic and respiratory dysfunction and anaemia was previously difficult without comparative information from severe malaria caused by another species [16, 41–44]. Severe and fatal cases of knowlesi malaria will add much needed perspective to what is known of malaria pathophysiology.
The need to develop knowlesi-specific diagnosis, treatment and management guidelines is urgent. A recent prospective clinical study in Sarawak Malaysian Borneo revealed that approximately 1:10 patients infected with P. knowlesi present with or develop severe symptoms and 1-2% of cases are fatal . Complications in survivors included ARDS, liver or renal dysfunction, hypotension with or without parasitaemia >100,000/uL. Complications in all fatal knowlesi cases had either clinical or laboratory evidence of abdominal pain, combined hepatorenal dysfunction and hyperparasitaemia [3, 4]. There is a prospect that P. knowlesi may emerge as a human pathogen beyond its current zoonotic manifestations [11, 12], specific surveillance, control and clinical guidelines are necessary to contain potential larger outbreaks.
Approval to use this case for educational purposes was obtained from the Deputy Director for Health, Sabah State Department of Health, Ministry of Health, Malaysia.
We acknowledge the contributions of Mr Fread Anderios, Microbiologist, Kota Kinabalu Public Health Laboratory, Malaysian Ministry of Health, Drs Ganesan Durairajah and Timothy William Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Sabah. JCS and SK are funded by the Medical Research Council (UK) Grant Number RAA 0033, this work was funded in part by the Wellcome Trust (BS and JCS Grant Number 078538/Z/05/Z).
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