Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The finding that the owl monkey () constitutes a suitable host for the study of malaria provided an opportunity to evaluate the possible occurrence of disseminated intravascular coagulation in this model. Five monkeys were inoculated with 1 × 10 red blood cells parasitized with (Camp C strain), and serial blood samples were obtained for platelet counts and coagulation studies. Following the appearance of patent parasitemia, the monkeys developed significant thrombocytopenia, decreases of most clotting factors, positive plasma protamine paracoagulation (3P) tests, and increased levels of circulating fibrin split products. No coagulation abnormalities were found in saline-injected control monkeys. This profile of abnormalities is virtually specific for disseminated intravascular coagulation and provides further evidence that this pathophysiologic process may occur in association with some malarial infections.


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  • Accepted : 06 Dec 1971

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