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Clinical Problem Solving: Radiology
Sep 2012

Radiology Quiz Case 2: Diagnosis

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012;138(9):870. doi:10.1001/archotol.138.9.870

Diagnosis: Docetaxel (Taxotere)-induced photosensitivity

Docetaxel is a well-established antimitotic chemotherapy agent that is used in the treatment of breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian, prostate, liver, renal, gastric, head and neck cancers and melanoma.13 It has many known adverse effects, with some of the most common including anemia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, constipation, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, edema, stomatitis, nail disorders, skin lesions, and alopecia.46 Photosensitivity is a much rarer reaction to docetaxel.6

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