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Cytomegalovirus colitis--a severe complication after standard chemotherapy

Kurt, A. M.
Published in Acta oncologica. 2002, vol. 41, no. 7-8, p. 704-706
Abstract We report on a case of cytomegalovirus (CMV) enterocolitis occurring in a 65-year-old patient after a first course of standard chemotherapy for a small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC). Colonic biopsies showed typical inclusion bodies, CMV IgM and IgG antibodies were found in the serum, and polymerase chain reaction for CMV-DNA was positive. Lymphopenia and diminished CD4 T-cell counts were observed. Diarrhoea ceased under ganciclovir treatment, the patient recovered, but died several months later of metastatic lung cancer. Significant immunosuppression leading to severe colitis by CMV infection or reactivation can occur after standard chemotherapy.
Keywords AgedAntineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/ adverse effectsCarcinoma, Small Cell/ drug therapyCisplatin/administration & dosage/adverse effectsColitis/ etiologyCytomegalovirus Infections/ etiologyEtoposide/administration & dosage/adverse effectsHumansLung Neoplasms/ drug therapyMale
PMID: 14651217
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Research groups Analyses cellulaires et moléculaires des hémopathies malignes (929)
Immunothérapie des cancers (42)
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MATTHES, Thomas et al. Cytomegalovirus colitis--a severe complication after standard chemotherapy. In: Acta oncologica, 2002, vol. 41, n° 7-8, p. 704-706. doi: 10.1080/028418602321028346 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:7426

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