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Respiratory Failure Following Vinorelbine Tartrate Infusion in a Patient With Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

Chrisostomos Kouroukis; Ingrid Hings
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Affiliations: From the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology, McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,  From the Division of Medical Oncology, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Affiliations: From the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology, McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,  From the Division of Medical Oncology, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada


1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1997;112(3):846-848. doi:10.1378/chest.112.3.846
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Abstract

Vinorelbine tartrate (Navelbine [Burroughs Wellcome; Research Triangle Park, NC; Pierre Fabre Medicament; Paris, France]) is used in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), breast cancer, and some gynecologic malignant neoplasms. The reported prevalence of adverse effects involving the respiratory system is less than 5% and involves mostly dyspnea with occasional interstitial infiltrates. A patient with a hypercoagulable state and diffuse pulmonary NSCLC developed acute respiratory failure soon after vinorelbine infusion. Physicians should be aware of possible increased pulmonary toxicity of vinorelbine in patients with diffuse pulmonary NSCLC.


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