A 60-year-old man with advanced seminoma was treated with four cycles of a cisplatin, etoposide and bleomycin. He then developed severe pulmonary toxicity with diffuse infiltrates as evidenced on a chest x-ray film. The room air PaO2 value was 32 mm Hg. The patient was treated with steroids and oxygen supplementation, including a high FIO2 for several days, and survived and eventually experienced marked improvement in his pulmonary status. Aggressive management of severe bleomycin-induced pneumonitis appears justified.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine