Acute felon as a complication of systemic paclitaxel therapy: Case report and review of the literature

John B. Hijjawi, David G. Dennison

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Abstract

Breast cancer now affects 1 in 8 American women and the taxane agent paclitaxel (Taxol® Bristol-Myers Squibb) is a major tool in the treatment of many such patients. Hand surgeons are therefore likely to encounter upper extremity complications related to the use of taxane therapy. We present an unusual case of a felon developing in a breast cancer patient on paclitaxel therapy with no antecedent history of trauma. Whereas onycholysis and subungual hemorrhage are reported complications of taxane therapy (Fig. 1), an acute felon with or without associated paronychia is an unusual and more aggressive manifestation of this drug-related nail dystrophy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-103
Number of pages3
JournalHand
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Felon
  • Onycholysis
  • Paclitaxel
  • Paronychia
  • Taxane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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