A 6 day course of liposomal amphotericin B in the treatment of infantile visceral leishmaniasis: The Italian experience

Antonio Cascio, Lucio di Martino, Paolo Occorsio, Raffaella Giacchino, Salvatore Catania, Anna Rita Gigliotti, Camilla Aiassa, Chiara Iaria, Salvatore Giordano, Claudia Colomba, Valentina Frasca Polara, Lucina Titone, Luigi Gradoni, Marina Gramiccia, Spinello Antinori

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Objectives: To evaluate in a retrospective analysis the efficacy and safety of a 6 day course of liposomal amphotericin B (L-AmB) in infantile cases of Mediterranean visceral leishmaniasis (VL) diagnosed over a 10 year period in Italy. Patients and methods: Patients included were diagnosed as having VL consecutively admitted from December 1992 to December 2001 at four main referral children's hospitals in Italy and treated with six intravenous doses of 3 mg/kg L-AmB given on days 1-5 and 10 (a total dose of 18 mg/kg). Demographic data, nutritional status, underlying diseases, clinical and laboratory findings, and therapy outcome were considered. Results: A total of 164 HIV-negative children (median age 1.6 years; range 4 months to 14 years) were enrolled. All patients were initially cured by the given treatment, and did not present adverse events related to drug infusion. Seven patients (4.3%) had a clinical and parasitological relapse 3-15 months after therapy. All relapses were successfully retreated with 3 mg/kg L-AmB for 10 consecutive days (a total dose of 30 mg/kg). Conclusions: This study highlights the efficacy (>95%) and safety of the six dose L-AmB regimen and validates it as a first-line treatment for Mediterranean VL in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-220
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2004


  • Italy
  • Leishmania infantum
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology


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