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Scand J Immunol. 2011 Dec;74(6):632-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3083.2011.02618.x.

The mild inflammatory response in febrile neutropenic lymphoma patients with low risk of complications is more pronounced in patients receiving tobramycin once daily compared with three times daily.

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Department of Oncology, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Division of Surgery and Cancer Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.


We evaluated inflammatory markers in febrile neutropenic lymphoma patients undergoing high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell support. Based on MASCC scores, our patients had a low risk of serious complications and a perspective of a benign initial clinical course of the febrile neutropenia. We also studied the impact of tobramycin given once versus three times daily on these immune markers. Sixty-one patients participating in a Norwegian multicentre prospective randomized clinical trial, comparing tobramycin once daily versus three times daily, given with penicillin G to febrile neutropenic patients, constituted a clinically homogenous group. Four patients had bacteraemia, all isolates being Gram-positive. Thirty-two patients received tobramycin once daily, and 29 patients received tobramycin three times daily. Blood samples were taken at the onset of febrile neutropenia and 1-2 days later. All samples were frozen at -70 °C and analysed at the end of the clinical trial for C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT), complement activation products, mannose-binding lectin (MBL) and 17 cytokines. We found a mild proinflammatory response in this series of patients. CRP was non-specifically elevated. Ten patients with decreased MBL levels showed the same mild clinical and proinflammatory response. Patients receiving tobramycin once daily showed a more pronounced proinflammatory response compared with patients receiving tobramycin three times daily. Overall, febrile neutropenic cancer patients with a benign clinical course show a mild proinflammatory immune response.

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