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Anaphylaxis to artesunate?

P. S. Panda, D. K. Singh, S. K. Dube, G. R. Agrawal

Keywords : Anaphylaxis, artesunate, intraoperative

Citation Information : Panda PS, Singh DK, Dube SK, Agrawal GR. Anaphylaxis to artesunate?. Indian J Crit Care Med 2012; 16 (1):55-57.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.94440

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-01-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; The Author(s).


Artesunate, an artemissin derivative is a highly efficacious and relatively safe antimalarial agent. Common adverse reactions to artemissin derivatives are nausea, vomiting, anorexia and dizziness. More serious but less-frequent toxic effects of artesunate use are neutropenia, anemia, hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and severe allergic reactions. However, anaphylactic reaction to artesunate is a rare entity. Here, we report a case of anaphylaxis to parenteral artesunate and its successful management in a female patient to whom intravenous artesunate was administered during surgery under general anesthesia.

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