Journal Article

Oral Artesunate for Neonatal Malaria

K. Shreedhara Avabratha, L. Agnidevi Chettiyar and Navin P. John

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 56, issue 6, pages 452-453
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online February 2010 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmq007
Oral Artesunate for Neonatal Malaria

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A 24-day male baby presented with a history of fever and poor feeding. The baby was pale and had hepatosplenomegaly. Peripheral blood films revealed Plasmodium vivax. Chloroquine is the drug of choice in neonatal malaria. However, our patient did not respond to chloroquine. There has been very little experience with other drugs. This case highlights the use of oral artesunate to which the baby responded. The future may see its more frequent use in resistant malaria.

Keywords: neonatal malaria; chloroquine resistance; artesunate

Journal Article.  695 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Paediatrics

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