There are a number of well-known iatrogenic pharmaceutical causes of toxic encephalopathy, for example, some cancer chemotherapeutics [ 9798 ] and psychotherapeutics [ 47 ].
Nonspecific effects of neurotoxicants include headache, nausea, and dizziness. The AMI was established in and has been directly involved in numerous research initiatives related to the toxicity of quinolines including chloroquine, primaquine, mefloquine, and tafenoquine, in close association with WRAIR, other research institutions, and the pharmaceutical industry [ 1585 — 88, ].
Five of those were field trials involving mainly male military personnel in a peacetime training setting. This was in concordance with other studies. More recently, it was found that mefloquine prophylaxis can cause a chronic central nervous system CNS toxicity syndrome evident in a number of other quinolines historically used as antimalarials and antiparasitics [ 9 ].
Hematological abnormalities are considered a hallmark of malaria and statistical analyses have shown that many of these hematological values may lead to an increased clinical suspicion for malaria, thus initiating a prompt institution of specific therapy even in the absence of a positive smear report for malaria.
J Infect Dis CNS clinical disorders instead have varying presentations involving a host of nonspecific symptoms, with the symptoms of neurotoxic exposure often mimicked by various other neuropsychiatric diseases [ 45 ].
Another study was selected because it examined user acceptability, with a high proportion of mefloquine respondents citing convenient weekly dosing as the main reason for their choice [ 75 ].
This unit conducted clinical experiments and trials with alternative quinolines in Northern Australia and was responsible for the first identification of human malaria drug resistance . This warrants a critical analysis of quantitative estimates on the frequency of neuropsychiatric adverse effects associated with mefloquine prophylaxis, including early estimates of the incidence of adverse events and the methodologies of subsequent pharmacoepidemiological studies.
However one study of chronic psychiatric effects was identified and this was limited to individuals who had submitted adverse event reports to a national drug regulator [ 90 ].
RDW describes the population dispersion of red cell volume or the range of changes in size of red blood cells which mostly present as enlarged after malarial invasion.
Thrombocytopenia and red cell distribution width. The inclusive term neuropsychiatric is used advisedly in this paper, in relation to causal factors, drug effects, symptoms, disorders, and sequelae [ 33 ], noting the mental health focus of this edition.
We concluded that routinely used laboratory findings such as hemoglobin, leukocyte and platelet counts and even red cell distribution width values can provide a diagnostic clue in a patient with acute febrile illness in endemic areas, thus increasing the probability of correctly diagnosing malaria and enhancing prompt initiation of treatment.
However, MCV alone has not been found to be different between the two groups in the present study, as well as in other studies. Pharmaceutical risk-benefit analysis RBA in this context extends beyond individual decisions by clinicians and patients to include more challenging organisational and policy level analysis and interdisciplinary decision making.
Although not completely understood, it is often thought to result from a combination of hemolysis of parasitized red blood cells, accelerated removal of both parasitized and unparasitized red blood cells, depressed as well as ineffective erythropoiesis with dyserythropoietic changes, and anemia of chronic disease.
Similarly, monocytosis has been reported to occur, although the present study showed that the majority of malaria patients had a low mean monocyte count.
Mefloquine was introduced into the ADF antimalarial inventory in [ ]. For these reasons, an interdisciplinary approach to pharmacoepidemiological study using both RCTs and observational studies is important in understanding a given drug's safety profile early in its use [ 40 ].
The ADF commits extensive resources to address these risks including the areas of research, training, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment [ 135 — 7 ].
The process is not static but requires ongoing reevaluation of the risk-benefit balance as greater knowledge of a drug's efficacy and adverse effects is obtained throughout its life cycle [ 3536 ].
Australian military malaria research ceased soon after the war but resumed in the mids as chloroquine resistance became apparent in Southeast Asia.
Another quinoline drug, primaquine, is used for terminal prophylaxis to eradicate any residual liver stages of vivax malaria [ 3 ].
Additionally, the manufacturer lists a number of these same disorders as adverse effects associated with mefloquine prophylaxis, as a reflection of adverse event and clinical case reporting [ 1234 ]. The review then examined all available ADF health policies, doctrine, and major research studies relevant to malaria prevention, risk management, and mental health.
One of the early case reports relating to mefloquine use involved toxic encephalopathy [ 60 ]. However, sensitivity and specificity were low in the diagnosis of malaria in our study, this was in concordance with the results of Lathia et al. Some of the same studies also observed broader symptoms possibly causally related to CNS toxicity rather than peripheral causes, consistent with the pathophysiology and symptomology of the quinoline CNS syndrome described above, including anorexia and tachycardia [ ].
Akhileshwar Sharda and Mr. An Analysis of Hematological Parameters as a Diagnostic test for Malaria in Patients with Acute Febrile Illness: An Institutional Experience Zeeba Shamim Jairajpuri, Safia Rana, Mohd Jaseem Hassan, Farhat Nabi, and Sujata Jetley *. Sep 24, · An Analysis of Hematological Parameters as a Diagnostic test for Malaria in Patients with Acute Febrile Illness: An Institutional Experience Zeeba Shamim Jairajpuri, Safia Rana, Mohd Jaseem Hassan, Farhat Nabi, and Sujata Jetley *.
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