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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 230-233

Delayed gastric emptying time in adult cerebral falciparum malaria

1 V.S.S. Medical College, Burla, India
2 S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack, India
3 M.K.C.G. Medical College, Berhampur, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
M K Mohapatra
Professor of Medicine, V.S.S. Medical College, Qr. No. C/1, Doctors Colony, Burla, Sambalpur–768 017
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Objective: We hypothesize that upper gastrointestinal symptoms in cerebral malaria are due to gastric motor dysfunction. But gastric motility studies in cerebral malaria are scarce. Methods: We determined gastric emptying half-time (GET½) of liquid meals quantitatively by radio isotope scintigraphy in 25 patients of cerebral malaria and 10 healthy controls. Results: GET½ was prolonged (46.5 ± 4.8 min) significantly (p <0.001) in patients of cerebral malaria compared to healthy controls (27.6 ± 5.3 min).

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