Eosinophilia in an Indian Farmer

Menka Doomra, MD; Seema Garg, MBBS; Naveen Kakkar, MD


Lab Med. 2006;37(5):280-282. 

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Patient Treatment and Outcome

The drug of choice for filariasis presently is Ivermectin, given as a 150 to 200 mg/Kg single oral dose. The dosage can be repeated after 2 to 3 months. Diethylcarbazine (DEC or Hetrazan) is however more widely used especially in developing countries in a strength of 6 mg/Kg/day 3 times a day for at least 12 days and preferably till 3 weeks. A lower dose of 2 to 3 mg/Kg/day is recommended for the first 3 days to decrease the risk of adverse effects especially hypersensitivity reactions. In the present case, the patient was prescribed DEC but did not return for follow up.


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