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Vol. 68, No. 4, 2001
Issue release date: July–August 2001
Section title: Case Report
Respiration 2001;68:420–421
(DOI:10.1159/000050539)

Nearly Fatal Complications of Cervical Lymphadenitis following BCG Immunotherapy for Superficial Bladder Cancer

Geldmacher H. · Taube C. · Markert U. · Kirsten D.K.
aKrankenhaus Grosshansdorf, Zentrum für Pneumologie und Thoraxchirurgie, Grosshansdorf, and bKlinik für Chirurgie, Klinikum der Medizinischen Universität zu Lübeck, Lübeck, Deutschland

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Abstract of Case Report

Published online: 7/27/2001

Number of Print Pages: 2
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0025-7931 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0356 (Online)

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Abstract

This report describes the case of a 68-year-old man with bilateral cervical lymphadenitis and chorioretinitis due to bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), originating from BCG immunotherapy for treatment of superficial bladder cancer 2 years ago. During antimycobacterial therapy a fistula between the right-sided lymph node and an aneurysm of the carotid artery developed. This led to life-threatening spontaneous bleeding which required vascular graft surgery. Like other known systemic side effects, cervical lymphadenitis may also occur following intravesical BCG immunotherapy, and life-threatening complications cannot be excluded despite adequate medical treatment.


  

Author Contacts

Prof. Dr. med. D.K. Kirsten
Krankenhaus Grosshansdorf, Zentrum für Pneumologie und Thoraxchirurgie
Wöhrendamm 80
D–22927 Grosshansdorf (Germany)
Tel. +49 4102 6010, Fax +49 4102 692 295, E-Mail Hgeldmache@aol.com

  

Article Information

Received: Received: May 22, 2000
Accepted: December 17, 2000
Number of Print Pages : 2
Number of Figures : 1, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 8

  

Publication Details

Respiration (International Review of Thoracic Diseases)
Founded 1944 as ‘Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Tuberkulose und Pneumonologie’ by E. Bachmann, M. Gilbert, F. Häberlin, W. Löffler, P. Steiner and E. Uehlinger, continued 1962–1967 as ‘Medicina Thoracalis’

Vol. 68, No. 4, Year 2001 (Cover Date: July-August 2001)

Journal Editor: C.T. Bolliger, Cape Town
ISSN: 0025–7931 (print), 1423–0356 (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Case Report

Published online: 7/27/2001

Number of Print Pages: 2
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0025-7931 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0356 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/RES


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