Oxygen-Exacerbated Bleomycin Pulmonary Toxicity

THEODORE S. INGRASSIA, JAY H. RYU, VICTOR F. TRASTEK, EDWARD C. ROSENOW

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Abstract

Bleomycin is an antineoplastic agent with potential for producing pulmonary toxicity, attributed in part to its free radical-promoting ability. Clinical and research experiences have suggested that the risk of bleomycin-induced pulmonary injury is increased with the administration of oxygen. We report a case in which the intraoperative administration of oxygen in the setting of previous bleomycin therapy contributed to postoperative ventilatory failure. Our patient recovered with corticosteroid therapy. Physician awareness of a potential interaction between oxygen and bleomycin may help reduce the morbidity and mortality related to bleomycin therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

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