Comparison of efficacy of intralesional meglumine antimoniate vs. combination of 50% trichloroacetic acid and intralesional meglumine antimoniate in patients of cutaneous leishmaniasis

Quratulain Ejaz, Nighat Akbar, Sumyra Saleem


Objective is an endemic disease. This study was done to compare the efficacy of intralesional meglumine antimoniate (MA) with combination of 50% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and intralesional meglumine antimoniate in patients of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL).


Methods It was a randomized controlled trial conducted in department of dermatology, Military Hospital, Rawalpindi over six months i.e. 02-08-2016 to 01-02-2017. A total of 210 patients (105 in each group) were taken in this study. Group A received 50% TCA fortnightly with intralesional meglumine antimoniate and group B was treated with intralesional meglumine antimoniate alone.


Results Efficacy was observed in 91 (86.7%) patients of group A and in 78 (74.3%) patients of group B (p=0.024).


Conclusion Combination therapy with TCA 50% and intralesional MA accelerated the resolution of CL lesions with significant difference in complete resolution rate in comparison to the patients treated with intralesional MA alone.



Cutaneous leishmaniasis, intralesional injection, meglumine antimoniate, trichloroacetic acid, topical therapy

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