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Respiratory Failure in Cancer Patients: Non-Infectious Complications of Antineoplastic Agents for Solid Tumors

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Chemotherapy-induced respiratory failure is being increasingly recognized as a cause of respiratory failure in the intensive care unit. The frequency of chemotherapy-induced respiratory failure is low, however with increasing number of patients receiving new chemotherapeutic agents more cases can be expected to be seen. Chemotherapy-induced respiratory failure can be due to bronchospasm and hypersensitivity reactions, pulmonary hemorrhage, interstitial pneumonitis, eosinophilic pneumonia, and non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. Pulmonary and critical care physicians should be aware of the clinical presentation of chemotherapy-induced respiratory failure.

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Keywords: Pulmonary toxicity; chemotherapy; pneumonitis; respiratory failure

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2007

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  • Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews publishes frontier reviews on all the latest advances on respiratory diseases and its related areas e.g. pharmacology, pathogenesis, clinical care, and therapy. The journal's aim is to publish the highest quality review articles dedicated to clinical research in the field. The journal is essential reading for all researchers and clinicians in respiratory medicine.
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