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Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 123–126 | Cite as

Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome During Treatment with Aflibercept, 5-Fluorouracil, Leucovorin, and Irinotecan for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

  • Nikolaos MiarisEmail author
  • Joseph Sgouros
  • Margarita Gerolympou
  • Basilios Spyropoulos
  • Dionysios Drakopoulos
  • Stefania Gkoura
  • Helen Res
  • Epaminondas Samantas
Case Report

Introduction

Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is an urgent neurologic condition that is associated with white and gray matter vasogenic edema primarily in parietal and occipital lobes [1]. Clinical features usually involve headache, altered mental status, seizures, and visual disturbances [1]. Although PRES is generally a rare reversible condition, it is increasingly reported in the literature, especially in the setting of cancer patients treated with chemotherapy and antiangiogenic drugs targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) pathway.

The combination of aflibercept with 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan (FOLFIRI) has been approved for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) after the failure of oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy to control the disease [2]. To the best of our knowledge, no cases of PRES related to aflibercept-FOLFIRI can be found in the published literature.

Case

We present the case of a 64-year-old...

Notes

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Third Department of Medical Oncology‘Agioi Anargyroi’ General Oncology Hospital of KifisiaAthensGreece
  2. 2.First Department of Internal Medicine401 General Military Hospital of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.Department of Radiology401 General Military Hospital of AthensAthensGreece

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