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A thermostable suppository of artesunate (artesunic acid) has been developed. In Gabon, 12 children with Plasmodium falciparum malaria received two administrations of this suppository in a 4-hr interval. Parasitemia and fever were then measured and the plasma levels of artesunate and its active metabolite, dihydroartemisinin, were determined by means of a(More)
This study was designed to determine the pharmacokinetic parameters of a new pharmaceutical form of artemisinin (a natural substance extracted from the Artemisia annua L. plant) and of one of its derivatives, artesunate, a semisuccinate of 12-hydroxy-artemisinin. These two compounds are widely used in the treatment of malaria. The new oral forms of these(More)
OBJECTIVE Minimally invasive surgery through an upper hemisternotomy for aortic valve replacement has become the routine approach with excellent results. Actually, the same minimally invasive access is used for complex ascending aorta procedures only in few centers. We report our experience with minimally invasive approach for aortic valve and ascending(More)
OBJECTIVE Many studies failed to show that off-pump myocardial revascularization achieved better results than on-pump revascularization, and also invited a lot of criticism for the criteria used for selection and inclusion of patients. To avoid these limitations, we systematically treated all candidates for coronary surgery with this technique evaluating(More)
Carney complex (CNC) is an inherited autosomal dominant disorder associated with multiple neoplasms. Myxomas associated with CNC differ from their sporadic forms because the former usually develop at a younger age and they may be multicentric and have a tendency to recur. Furthermore, their localization may be atypical. We report the case of a 57-year-old(More)
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