Volume 64, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Clinical response to supervised treatment of Colombian patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis was evaluated in a randomized controlled trial comparing 10 days versus 20 days of treatment with meglumine antimonate (20 mg Sb/kg/day). Masked examiners evaluated clinical response defined as 100% re-epithelialization of all lesions at 13 weeks and no relapses during 52 weeks of follow-up. The efficacy of meglumine antimonate for 10 days' treatment was 61% (28 of 46) compared to 67% (24 of 36) for 20 days. There was a significantly lower clinical response for children < 5 years in both 10-day (11%) and 20-day (25%) groups compared to patients aged 5-14 years (67% and 75%, respectively) and 15 years or more (81% and 83%, respectively). Overall efficacy of treatment schedules was comparable, but lower than expected, mainly because of low efficacy in children. Pathogenicity of infection and pharmacokinetics may affect the treatment response in children. New therapeutic alternatives should be evaluated in trials that include children and women.


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