Prostration and the prognosis of death in African children with severe malaria
Selidji T Agnandji, Mario Recker, Benjamin Mordmüller, Stephan Glöckner, Akim A Adegnika, Bertrand Lell, Lucas Otieno, Walter Otieno, Seth Owusu-Agyei, Kwaku P Asante, Tsiri Agbenyega, Daniel Ansong, Eusebio Macete, Pedro Aide, Hermann Sorgho, Halidou Tinto, Neema Mturi, John PA Lusingu, Samwel Gesase, Irving Hoffman, Nahya Salim Masoud, Charles R Newton, Kalifa Bojang, Gérard Krause, Peter Gottfried Kremsner
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Malaria is still one of the main reasons for hospitalization in children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Rapid risk stratification at admission is essential for optimal medical care and improved prognosis. Whereas coma, deep breathing, and, to a lesser degree, severe anemia are established predictors of malaria-related death, the value of assessing prostration for risk stratification is less certain.