Can malaria be a cause for kidney failure or brain fever?
Malaria, and specifically Plasmodium falciparum malaria, the most severe and deadly form of the disease, can certainly cause both renal failure and brain fever. It usually does this by infecting red blood cells, which then become blocked in tiny blood vessels deep within organs. This process is called sequestration. When sequestration happens in the brain, the effect can be so-called “cerebral malaria” or brain fever. In the kidney, this can result in kidney failure. Given these severe consequences, it is crucially important to seek diagnosis and then treatment immediately if you are concerned you might be suffering from malaria.