Hypersensitivity and cross-reactivity to cisplatin and analogues
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We report on a 49-year-old woman with relapsing ovarian cancer who developed a hypersensitivity reaction (HSR) to carboplatin and, subsequently, to cisplatin. This patient was known to be allergic to Co-Amoxiclav and talc, both giving rise to a transient macular skin rash, but had no other history of atopy. Similar cases, including some of life-threatening severity, have been reported in the literature. These severe reactions may prevent a small population of young patients from receiving effective therapy with cisplatin or its analogues, treatment known to be associated with a significant improvement in survival in germ-cell tumours, ovarian cancer and osteogenic sarcoma.
Key wordsHypersensitivity Cross-reactivity Cisplatin Analogues
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