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Prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnant women

Authors
Peter A Chedraui, MD, MSc, PhD
Blair J Wylie, MD, MPH
Section Editors
Johanna Daily, MD, MSc
Vincenzo Berghella, MD
Deputy Editors
Vanessa A Barss, MD, FACOG
Elinor L Baron, MD, DTMH

INTRODUCTION

Malaria during pregnancy is a major cause of maternal morbidity worldwide and leads to poor birth outcomes. Pregnant women are more prone to complications of malaria infection than nongravid women. Prevention involves chemoprophylaxis and mosquito avoidance. Treatment involves antimalarial drugs and supportive measures.

Issues related to prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnant women will be reviewed here. Issues related to the prevalence, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and outcome of malaria in pregnancy are discussed separately, as are general details on treatment of uncomplicated and severe malaria.

(See "Overview of malaria in pregnancy".)

(See "Treatment of severe malaria".)

(See "Treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria in nonpregnant adults and children".)

                  
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