Elisabeth Bendstrup

No effect of pirfenidone treatment in fulminant bleomycin-induced pneumonitis

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Bleomycin-induced pneumonitis (BIP) is a serious and potentially fatal adverse effect of bleomycin. Currently, BIP is treated on an empirical basis with high dose steroid. Pirfenidone is a new antifibrotic drug, which has been proven beneficial in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and is able to inhibit or reverse BIP in animal models. Here, the first two cases of human BIP treated with pirfenidone in addition to steroid therapy are presented. Unfortunately, both patients died, which may be explained by the initiation of therapy at a late stage. Therefore, studies of early or prophylactic treatment with pirfenidone in relation to bleomycin-containing chemotherapy regimens are needed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRespiratory medicine case reports
Pages (from-to)47-9
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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