Chemotherapy extravasation at infusion sites reviewed in this article

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We review in this article the clinical aspects of chemotherapy extravasation and latest advances in definitions, classification, prevention, management and guidelines” Kreidieh et al (2016).

Abstract:

Chemotherapy extravasation remains an accidental complication of chemotherapy administration and may result in serious damage to patients. We review in this article the clinical aspects of chemotherapy extravasation and latest advances in definitions, classification, prevention, management and guidelines.

We review the grading of extravasation and tissue damage according to various chemotherapeutic drugs and present an update on treatment and new antidotes including dexrazoxane for anthracyclines extravasation. We highlight the importance of education and training of the oncology team for prevention and prompt pharmacological and non-pharmacological management and stress the availability of new antidotes like dexrazoxane wherever anthracyclines are being infused.

Reference:

Kreidieh, F.Y., Moukadem, H.A. and El Saghir, N.S. (2016) Overview, prevention and management of chemotherapy extravasation. World Journal of Clinical Oncology. 7(1), p.87-97.

doi: 10.5306/wjco.v7.i1.87.

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