Dichloroacetate for lactic acidosis in severe malaria: a pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic assessment.
Lactic acidosis and hypoglycemia are potentially lethal complications of falciparum malaria. We have evaluated the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of dichloroacetate ([DCA], 46 mg/kg infused over 30 minutes), a stimulant of pyruvate dehydrogenase and a potential treatment for lactic acidosis, in 13 patients with severe malaria and compared the physiological and metabolic responses with those of a control group of patients (n = 32) of equivalent disease severity. The mean +/- SD peak pos...Expand abstract
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