Intracranial hypertension–increased blood pressure inside the head–can predict a child’s risk of death from malaria. A study published in PLOS Pathogens reports that accumulation of white blood cells impairs the blood flow out of the brain and causes blood pressure increases in mice with experimentally induced cerebral malaria.
This is an image of mouse postcapillary venules.
Credit: Frevert et al. CC-BY
Published: December 04, 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1004528