Publisher: University of Calabar Teaching Hospital

Serum Bilirubin Level As An Indicator of Degree of Parasitaemia In Malaria Children In Calabar, Nigeria

C. A. O. Usoro, J. Epoke, I. O. Nnaji, A. E. Udoh
KEYWORDS: Children, Malaria, Scrum bilirubin, Parasitacmia

ABSTRACT:

The total, unconjugated and conjugated serum bilinibin concentrations of thirty children who were positive for malaria parasite and thirty healthy children were evaluated. The bilirubin concentrations of the malaria children were compared to the degree of parasitaemia determined by malaria parasite counts. The serum bilirubin concentrations of the malaria children were significantly higher (p< 0.05) than those of healthy children. The bilimbin concentrations were also directly proportional to the degree of parasitaemia in the malaria children. Scrum bilirubin levels may thus be used as indicator for degree of parasitaemia in malaria children.


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