What are goals of drug therapy in the treatment of babesiosis?

Updated: Apr 01, 2021
  • Author: Rachel E Strength, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The goals of pharmacotherapy are to reduce morbidity, to prevent complications, and to eradicate the infection. A combination of an antiprotozoal agent and an antibiotic—clindamycin plus quinine or, alternatively, atovaquone plus azithromycin—is used to treat all patients in order to prevent sequelae and potential transmission through blood donation. Other regimens have been reported in isolated case reports.

 


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