Pulmonary complications after bleomycin, irradiation and surgery for esophageal cancer.

@article{Nygaard1978PulmonaryCA,
  title={Pulmonary complications after bleomycin, irradiation and surgery for esophageal cancer.},
  author={K. Nygaard and Nils Smith-Erichsen and Reidulv Hatlevoll and Sigvald B Refsum},
  journal={Cancer},
  year={1978},
  volume={41 1},
  pages={17-22}
}
Eight patients with epidermoid carcinoma of the esophagus were given radiotherapy of 3000 rads and 120 mg of bleomycin. Esophageal resection was performed five to six weeks later. Four of these patients died within six weeks, three from respiratory failure, and one from complications secondary to an anastomotic fistula. Of the remaining four patients, three showed varying degrees of pulmonary infiltration for several weeks. Interstitial pneumonitis was demonstrated in all the fatal cases. Four… CONTINUE READING
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