International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 13–16 | Cite as

Vancomycin-induced red man syndrome in pediatric oncology: still an issue?

  • Tiene BautersEmail author
  • Barbara Claus
  • Petra Schelstraete
  • Hugo Robays
  • Yves Benoit
  • Catharina Dhooge
Case Report


Red man syndrome is a rare but possibly serious adverse reaction during treatment with intravenous vancomycin. It is extremely important that pediatricians, especially in oncology, recognize this reaction and treat it appropriately. Following two case-reports from a pediatric oncology setting, a series of practical recommendations to prevent or handle red man syndrome are described.


Clinical pharmacy Pediatric oncology Red man syndrome Vancomycin 




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There are no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tiene Bauters
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbara Claus
    • 1
  • Petra Schelstraete
    • 2
  • Hugo Robays
    • 1
  • Yves Benoit
    • 3
  • Catharina Dhooge
    • 3
  1. 1.PharmacyGhent University HospitalGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Pediatrics, Infectious DiseasesGhent University HospitalGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Pediatric Hemato-OncologyGhent University HospitalGhentBelgium

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