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Hyperammonaemic encephalopathy associated with rituximab-containing chemotherapy

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Abstract

Hyperammonaemic encephalopathy has been infrequently reported after both standard and high-dose chemotherapy for solid and haematological malignancies. It is important to consider this diagnosis for patients with unexplained behaviour changes or encephalopathy and this case report emphasizes this condition and the importance of early diagnosis and is the first reported in association with rituximab-containing chemotherapy.
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Keywords: chemotherapy; hyperammonaemic encephalopathy; rituximab

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Oncology, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2: Intensive Care Unit, Wakefield Hospital 3: Department of Biochemistry, Women and Children Hospital, Adelaide, Australia

Publication date: 01 October 2008

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