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EFFECTS OF HIGH-DOSES OF DIETHYLCARBAMAZINE ON ADULT ONCHOCERCA-VOLVULUS EXAMINED BY THE COLLAGENASE TECHNIQUE AND BY HISTOLOGY

EJ ALBIEZ, G WALTER, A KAISER, HS NEWLAND, AT WHITE, BM GREENE, HR TAYLOR, DW BUTTNER

TROPICAL MEDICINE AND PARASITOLOGY | GEORG THIEME VERLAG KG | Published : 1988

Abstract

Thirty adult male nodule carriers from a hyperendemic onchocerciasis area in the Liberian rain forest were treated with high doses of diethylcarbamazine (30 mg/kg/d) over one week. Another ten patients received placebo tablets and served as a control. All detectable nodules were removed from half of the patients at two months and from the remaining patients at ten months after chemotherapy. The adult worms in the nodules were examined for pathological alterations by the collagenase technique including embryogram, and by histology. No macrofilaricidal effect was observed at either time, and no significant reduction of microfilariae in the uteri of the female worms or in the tissue of the nodu..

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