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Respiration. 2001;68(4):420-1.

Nearly fatal complications of cervical lymphadenitis following BCG immunotherapy for superficial bladder cancer.

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Krankenhaus Grosshansdorf, Zentrum für Pneumologie und Thoraxchirurgie, Wöhrendamm 80, D-22827 Grosshansdorf, Germany. Hgeldmache@aol.com

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.

PMID:
11464093
DOI:
50539
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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