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Rectal aspirin--absorption and antipyretic effect.
  1. K Connolly,
  2. L Lam,
  3. O C Ward


    Rectal acetylsalicylic acid was given to 14 children who had undergone open heart surgery. The effect on their temperatures was similar whether 15--30 or 30--50 mg/kg was given. Either dose was more effective than no treatment. The greatest fall in temperature occurred after 4 or 5 hours. Rectal aspirin in a triglyceride base is effective in lowering postoperative temperature. It should also be of use in treating other fevers. A dose of 20--25 mg/kg is suggested.

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