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Armin Afshar, MD, MBA, MAS

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address10 Koret Way
San Francisco CA 94117
Phone415-353-2800
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    MDUniversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, 2008
    MBAUniversity of Chicago, 2011
    ResidencyOphthalmology, University of Chicago, 2012
    FellowshipVitreoretinal Surgery, University of California San Francisco, 2014
    FellowshipOcular Oncology, University of California San Francisco, 2015
    MASMaster's in Clinical Research, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF, 2018

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    Dr. Armin Afshar is a vitreoretinal surgeon and ocular onologist on the UCSF faculty, with an academic career blending clinical practice, research, teaching and administration. He serves as the Director of the Ocular Oncology Service at UCSF and the Director of Tele Ophthalmology for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. His research program is funded by the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Research to Prevent Blindness, and That Man May See.

    Dr. Afshar's specialty is in the treatment of eye tumors and disorders of the retina and vitreous. In addition to expertise in retinal diseases and surgery, he has special training and experience in the management of ocular surface tumors of the conjunctiva and cornea, as well as intra-ocular tumors involving the iris, ciliary body, choroid, retina, vitreous and optic nerves. The UCSF Ocular Oncology Service is an internationally renowned center of excellence with longstanding programs of distinction in Retinoblastoma and Uveal Melanoma, and is one of only a handful of centers world-wide offering both Ocular Proton Therapy and plaque brachytherapy.

    Afshar earned his bachelor of science and medical degree in the accelerated honors medical program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, and a master's degree in business administration at the University of Chicago. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Chicago and fellowships in vitreoretinal surgery and ocular oncology at UCSF. He also completed a master's degree in clinical research in epidemiology & biostatistics at UCSF. Afshar is an assistant professor of ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Retinal Specialists, American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists and International Society of Ocular Oncology.

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    1. A Pediatric Patient With an Asymptomatic, Unilateral Retinal Mass. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020 Sep 24. Everett LA, Rahman SA, Afshar AR. PMID: 32970126.
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    2. Systemic Corticosteroid Use after Central Serous Chorioretinopathy Diagnosis. Ophthalmology. 2020 Jun 30. Azad AD, Zhou M, Afshar AR, Bakri SJ, Pershing S. PMID: 32619546.
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    3. Oral isotretinoin and topical retinoid use in a series of young patients with ocular melanoma. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2020 Sep; 19:100787. Mishra KK, Scholey JE, Daftari IK, Afshar A, Tsai T, Park S, Quivey JM, Char DH. PMID: 32760850.
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    4. Coccidioidal Endophthalmitis: Excellent Recovery of Vision with Aggressive Use of Intravitreal Antifungals and Vitrectomy. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2020 Jun 08. Ahmad TR, Li J, Wu F, Rahman S, Bever GJ, Afshar AR. PMID: 32541432.
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    5. Global Retinoblastoma Presentation and Analysis by National Income Level. JAMA Oncol. 2020 May 01; 6(5):685-695. Fabian ID, Abdallah E, Abdullahi SU, Abdulqader RA, Adamou Boubacar S, Ademola-Popoola DS, Adio A, Afshar AR, Aggarwal P, Aghaji AE, Ahmad A, Akib MNR, Al Harby L, Al Ani MH, Alakbarova A, Portabella SA, Al-Badri SAF, Alcasabas APA, Al-Dahmash SA, Alejos A, Alemany-Rubio E, Alfa Bio AI, Alfonso Carreras Y, Al-Haddad C, Al-Hussaini HHY, Ali AM, Alia DB, Al-Jadiry MF, Al-Jumaly U, Alkatan HM, All-Eriksson C, Al-Mafrachi AARM, Almeida AA, Alsawidi KM, Al-Shaheen AASM, Al-Shammary EH, Amiruddin PO, Antonino R, Astbury NJ, Atalay HT, Atchaneeyasakul LO, Atsiaya R, Attaseth T, Aung TH, Ayala S, Baizakova B, Balaguer J, Balayeva R, Balwierz W, Barranco H, Bascaran C, Beck Popovic M, Benavides R, Benmiloud S, Bennani Guebessi N, Berete RC, Berry JL, Bhaduri A, Bhat S, Biddulph SJ, Biewald EM, Bobrova N, Boehme M, Boldt HC, Bonanomi MTBC, Bornfeld N, Bouda GC, Bouguila H, Boumedane A, Brennan RC, Brichard BG, Buaboonnam J, Calderón-Sotelo P, Calle Jara DA, Camuglia JE, Cano MR, Capra M, Cassoux N, Castela G, Castillo L, Català-Mora J, Chantada GL, Chaudhry S, Chaugule SS, Chauhan A, Chawla B, Chernodrinska VS, Chiwanga FS, Chuluunbat T, Cieslik K, Cockcroft RL, Comsa C, Correa ZM, Correa Llano MG, Corson TW, Cowan-Lyn KE, Csóka M, Cui X, Da Gama IV, Dangboon W, Das A, Das S, Davanzo JM, Davidson A, De Potter P, Delgado KQ, Demirci H, Desjardins L, Diaz Coronado RY, Dimaras H, Dodgshun AJ, Donaldson C, Donato Macedo CR, Dragomir MD, Du Y, Du Bruyn M, Edison KS, Eka Sutyawan IW, El Kettani A, Elbahi AM, Elder JE, Elgalaly D, Elhaddad AM, Elhassan MMA, Elzembely MM, Essuman VA, Evina TGA, Fadoo Z, Fandiño AC, Faranoush M, Fasina O, Fernández DDPG, Fernández-Teijeiro A, Foster A, Frenkel S, Fu LD, Fuentes-Alabi SL, Gallie BL, Gandiwa M, Garcia JL, García Aldana D, Gassant PY, Geel JA, Ghassemi F, Girón AV, Gizachew Z, Goenz MA, Gold AS, Goldberg-Lavid M, Gole GA, Gomel N, Gonzalez E, Gonzalez Perez G, González-Rodríguez L, Garcia Pacheco HN, Graells J, Green L, Gregersen PA, Grigorovski NDAK, Guedenon KM, Gunasekera DS, Gündüz AK, Gupta H, Gupta S, Hadjistilianou T, Hamel P, Hamid SA, Hamzah N, Hansen ED, Harbour JW, Hartnett ME, Hasanreisoglu M, Hassan S, Hassan S, Hederova S, Hernandez J, Hernandez LMC, Hessissen L, Hordofa DF, Huang LC, Hubbard GB, Hummlen M, Husakova K, Hussein Al-Janabi AN, Ida R, Ilic VR, Jairaj V, Jeeva I, Jenkinson H, Ji X, Jo DH, Johnson KP, Johnson WJ, Jones MM, Kabesha TBA, Kabore RL, Kaliki S, Kalinaki A, Kantar M, Kao LY, Kardava T, Kebudi R, Kepak T, Keren-Froim N, Khan ZJ, Khaqan HA, Khauv P, Kheir WJ, Khetan V, Khodabande A, Khotenashvili Z, Kim JW, Kim JH, Kiratli H, Kivelä TT, Klett A, Komba Palet JEK, Krivaitiene D, Kruger M, Kulvichit K, Kuntorini MW, Kyara A, Lachmann ES, Lam CPS, Lam GC, Larson SA, Latinovic S, Laurenti KD, Le BHA, Lecuona K, Leverant AA, Li C, Limbu B, Long QB, López JP, Lukamba RM, Lumbroso L, Luna-Fineman S, Lutfi D, Lysytsia L, Magrath GN, Mahajan A, Majeed AR, Maka E, Makan M, Makimbetov EK, Manda C, Martín Begue N, Mason L, Mason JO, Matende IO, Materin M, Mattosinho CCDS, Matua M, Mayet I, Mbumba FB, McKenzie JD, Medina-Sanson A, Mehrvar A, Mengesha AA, Menon V, Mercado GJVD, Mets MB, Midena E, Mishra DKC, Mndeme FG, Mohamedani AA, Mohammad MT, Moll AC, Montero MM, Morales RA, Moreira C, Mruthyunjaya P, Msina MS, Msukwa G, Mudaliar SS, Muma KI, Munier FL, Murgoi G, Murray TG, Musa KO, Mushtaq A, Mustak H, Muyen OM, Naidu G, Nair AG, Naumenko L, Ndoye Roth PA, Nency YM, Neroev V, Ngo H, Nieves RM, Nikitovic M, Nkanga ED, Nkumbe H, Nuruddin M, Nyaywa M, Obono-Obiang G, Oguego NC, Olechowski A, Oliver SCN, Osei-Bonsu P, Ossandon D, Paez-Escamilla MA, Pagarra H, Painter SL, Paintsil V, Paiva L, Pal BP, Palanivelu MS, Papyan R, Parrozzani R, Parulekar M, Pascual Morales CR, Paton KE, Pawinska-Wasikowska K, Pe'er J, Peña A, Peric S, Pham CTM, Philbert R, Plager DA, Pochop P, Polania RA, Polyakov VG, Pompe MT, Pons JJ, Prat D, Prom V, Purwanto I, Qadir AO, Qayyum S, Qian J, et al. PMID: 32105305.
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    6. Practice Considerations for Proton Beam Radiation Therapy of Uveal Melanoma During the Coronavirus Disease Pandemic: Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group Ocular Experience. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2020 Jul-Aug; 5(4):682-686. Mishra KK, Afshar A, Thariat J, Shih HA, Scholey JE, Daftari IK, Kacperek A, Pica A, Hrbacek J, Dendale R, Mazal A, Heufelder J, Char DH, Sauerwein WAG, Weber DC, Damato BE. PMID: 32337386.
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    7. Choroidal melanoma overlying scleral buckle evading detection treated with proton beam radiotherapy. Am J Ophthalmol Case Rep. 2020 Jun; 18:100688. Afshar AR, Damato BE. PMID: 32309677.
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    8. The diagnostic utility of next-generation sequencing on FNA biopsies of melanocytic uveal lesions. Cancer Cytopathol. 2020 Jul; 128(7):499-505. Han LM, Khanafshar E, Afshar AR, Calkins SM. PMID: 32196967.
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    9. Multicenter External Validation of the Liverpool Uveal Melanoma Prognosticator Online: An OOG Collaborative Study. Cancers (Basel). 2020 Feb 18; 12(2). Cunha Rola A, Taktak A, Eleuteri A, Kalirai H, Heimann H, Hussain R, Bonnett LJ, Hill CJ, Traynor M, Jager MJ, Marinkovic M, Luyten GPM, Dogrusöz M, Kilic E, de Klein A, Smit K, van Poppelen NM, Damato BE, Afshar A, Guthoff RF, Scheef BO, Kakkassery V, Saakyan S, Tsygankov A, Mosci C, Ligorio P, Viaggi S, Le Guin CHD, Bornfeld N, Bechrakis NE, Coupland SE. PMID: 32085617.
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    10. THERAPEUTIC VITRECTOMY AS AN ADJUNCT TREATMENT TO SYSTEMIC CHEMOTHERAPY FOR INTRAOCULAR LYMPHOMA. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2020; 14(2):116-119. Bever GJ, Kim DJ, Afshar AR, Rubenstein JL, Damato BE. PMID: 29210961.
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    11. Next-Generation Sequencing of Retinoblastoma Identifies Pathogenic Alterations beyond RB1 Inactivation That Correlate with Aggressive Histopathologic Features. Ophthalmology. 2020 Jun; 127(6):804-813. Afshar AR, Pekmezci M, Bloomer MM, Cadenas NJ, Stevers M, Banerjee A, Roy R, Olshen AB, Van Ziffle J, Onodera C, Devine WP, Grenert JP, Bastian BC, Solomon DA, Damato BE. PMID: 32139107.
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    12. An audit of retinal lymphoma treatment at the University of California San Francisco. Eye (Lond). 2020 Mar; 34(3):515-522. Damato B, Bever GJ, Kim DJ, Afshar AR, Rubenstein JL. PMID: 31358925.
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    13. Next-Generation Sequencing of Uveal Melanoma for Detection of Genetic Alterations Predicting Metastasis. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2019 Mar; 8(2):18. Afshar AR, Damato BE, Stewart JM, Zablotska LB, Roy R, Olshen AB, Joseph NM, Bastian BC. PMID: 31024753.
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    14. The Relative Impact of Patient, Physician, and Geographic Factors on Variation in Primary Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment Management. Ophthalmology. 2020 01; 127(1):97-106. Vail D, Pershing S, Reeves MG, Afshar AR. PMID: 30981916.
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    15. A Novel Hybrid Fixed and Mobile Ultra-Widefield Imaging Program for Diabetic Teleretinopathy Screening. Ophthalmol Retina. 2019 07; 3(7):576-579. Afshar AR, Oldenburg CE, Stewart JM. PMID: 31076334.
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    16. Uveal Melanoma: Differential Diagnosis. . 2019 Jan 1; 85-108. Bertil E. Damato, Armin R. Afshar. .
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    17. Diagnostic Techniques: Other Biopsy Techniques. . 2019 Jan 1; 309-316. Bertil E. Damato, Armin Afshar, Sarah E. Coupland, Heinrich Heimann, Carl Groenewald. .
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    18. Choroidal Metastasis. . 2019 Jan 1; 27-33. Greg Bever, Armin Afshar, Bertil Damato. .
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    19. Choice of Primary Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment Repair Method in US Commercially Insured and Medicare Advantage Patients, 2003-2016. Am J Ophthalmol. 2018 12; 196:82-90. Reeves MG, Pershing S, Afshar AR. PMID: 30144442.
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    20. Metastatic Cutaneous Melanoma Presenting with Choroidal Metastasis Simulating Primary Uveal Melanoma. Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2019 Feb; 5(2):135-138. Everett L, Damato BE, Bloomer MM, Palmer JD, Kao AA, Stewart JM, Afshar AR. PMID: 30976593.
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    21. The University of California, San Francisco Documentation System for Retinoblastoma: Preparing to Improve Staging Methods for This Disease. Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2019 Jan; 5(1):36-45. Damato B, Afshar AR, Everett L, Banerjee A, Hetts SW. PMID: 30675475.
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    22. Insights from a Case of Vitreoretinal Lymphoma. Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2019 Jan; 5(1):13-19. Damato BE, Bever GJ, Afshar AR, Rubenstein JL. PMID: 30675472.
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    23. Re: Reddy et al.: Vitrectomy and vitrector port needle biopsy of choroidal melanoma for gene expression profile testing immediately before brachytherapy. (Ophthalmology. 2017;124:1377-1382). Ophthalmology. 2018 04; 125(4):e28-e29. Afshar AR, Damato BE, Stewart JM, Heimann H, Coupland SE. PMID: 29566876.
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    24. Choroidal Lymphoma Discovered on Ultrasound in a Patient with Suspected Corneal Tumor. Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2018 Sep; 4(5):318-321. Theophanous C, Pekmezci M, Damato BE, Kao AA, Bloomer MM, Stewart JM, Afshar AR. PMID: 30320105.
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    25. The Patient's Experience of Ocular Melanoma in the US: A Survey of the Ocular Melanoma Foundation. Ocul Oncol Pathol. 2018 Sep; 4(5):280-290. Afshar AR, Deiner M, Allen G, Damato BE. PMID: 30320098.
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    26. Metastatic Cutaneous Melanoma Presenting with Choroidal Metastasis Simulating Primary Uveal Melanoma. Ocul Onc Pathol. 2018. Everett L, Damato BE, Bloomer MM, Palmer JD, Kao AA, Stewart JM, Afshar AR.. View Publication.
    27. Ocular Melanoma. . 2018 Jan 1; 1-16. Armin R. Afshar, Bertil E. Damato, Boris C. Bastian. .
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    28. POLYPOIDAL CHOROIDAL VASCULOPATHY: A CLINICOPATHOLOGIC STUDY. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2017 Winter; 11 Suppl 1:S128-S131. Moussa K, Bloomer MM, Schwartz DM, Pan CK, Toy BC, Crawford JB, Afshar AR. PMID: 27930435.
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    29. Management of Primary Acquired Melanosis, Nevus, and Conjunctival Melanoma. Cancer Control. 2016 Apr; 23(2):117-25. Kao A, Afshar A, Bloomer M, Damato B. PMID: 27218788.
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    30. OUTER RETINAL ATROPHY ON SPECTRAL DOMAIN OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY AFTER RESOLUTION OF GLAUCOMA SURGERY-ASSOCIATED HYPOTONY MACULOPATHY. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2016; 10(1):96-9. Afshar AR, Hemarat K, Liu W, Wang S, Stewart JM. PMID: 26110521.
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    31. Proton Beam Radiotherapy for Uveal Melanoma. Expert Rev Ophthalmol. 2015; 10(6):577-585. Afshar AR, Stewart JM, Kao AA, Mishra KK, Daftari IK, Damato BE.
    32. Proton beam radiotherapy for uveal melanoma. Expert Review of Ophthalmology. 2015 Nov 2; 10(6):577-585. Armin R Afshar, Jay M Stewart, Andrew A Kao, Kavita K Mishra, Inder K Daftari, Bertil E Damato. .
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    33. DOME-SHAPED MACULA WITH THICKENED CHOROID IN AN EMMETROPIC PATIENT. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2015; 9(4):307-10. Kedkovid N, Afshar AR, Damato BE, Stewart JM. PMID: 26296053.
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    34. Uveal melanoma: evidence for efficacy of therapy. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2015; 55(1):23-43. Afshar AR, Damato BE. PMID: 25436491.
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    35. Trendelenburg positioning with temporal approach for vitreoretinal surgery in a patient with severe kyphosis. Eye (Lond). 2014 Oct; 28(10):1261-3. Afshar AR, Pongsachareonnont P, Siegner SW, Stewart JM. PMID: 25033898.
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    36. Outcomes of chronic macular hole surgical repair. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2014 Jul; 62(7):795-8. Shukla SY, Afshar AR, Kiernan DF, Hariprasad SM. PMID: 25116773.
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    37. Author reply: To PMID 24246828. Ophthalmology. 2014 Oct; 121(10):e57. Afshar AR, Stewart JM. PMID: 24974814.
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    38. Dexamethasone intravitreal implant trapped at the macula in a silicone oil-filled eye. Ophthalmology. 2013 Dec; 120(12):2748-2749.e1. Afshar AR, Loh AR, Pongsachareonnont P, Schwartz DM, Stewart JM. PMID: 24246828.
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    39. Toxic corneal epitheliopathy after intravitreal methotrexate and its treatment with oral folic acid. Cornea. 2013 Aug; 32(8):1171-3. Gorovoy I, Prechanond T, Abia M, Afshar AR, Stewart JM. PMID: 23676783.
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    40. Cystoid macular edema associated with fingolimod use for multiple sclerosis. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2013 Jan; 131(1):103-7. Afshar AR, Fernandes JK, Patel RD, Ksiazek SM, Sheth VS, Reder AT, Hariprasad SM. PMID: 23307220.
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    41. Use of intravitreous bevacizumab to treat macular edema in West Nile virus chorioretinitis. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012 Mar; 130(3):396-8. Afshar AR, Hariprasad SM, Jampol LM, Sheth VS. PMID: 22411674.
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    42. Assessing ophthalmoscopy skills. Ophthalmology. 2010 Sep; 117(9):1863, 1863.e1-2. Afshar AR, Oh FS, Birnbaum AD, Namavari A, Riddle JM, Djalilian AR. PMID: 20816257.
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    43. Down-regulation of Notch signaling during corneal epithelial proliferation. Mol Vis. 2008 Jun 05; 14:1041-9. Djalilian AR, Namavari A, Ito A, Balali S, Afshar A, Lavker RM, Yue BY. PMID: 18552977.
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    44. Assessment of the response in vivo and in vitro of Plasmodium falciparum to sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine in the malarious areas of Iran. J Trop Med Hyg. 1993 Aug; 96(4):237-40. Edrissian GH, Afshar A, Sayedzadeh A, Mohsseni G, Satvat MT. PMID: 8345544.
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