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Nov 2012

Paclitaxel-Induced Acral Erythema

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (Dr Richards) and Departments of Pathology (Dr Ivan) and Dermatology (Drs Ivan, Rashid, and Chon), M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston.

Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(11):1333-1334. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2012.2830

Paclitaxel is an antimicrotubule agent that is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of ovarian, breast, non–small cell lung carcinoma, and Kaposi's sarcoma.1 Despite the frequency of cutaneous adverse reactions observed with paclitaxel, only 3 reports of acral erythema2-4 have been published. Herein, we report a case of keratoderma-like acral erythema presenting in locations atypical for traditional acral erythema, including the dorsal aspects of the hands and feet. Each previously reported case of paclitaxel-induced acral erythema occurred in a similar distribution, suggesting that this acral erythema, while unusual, represents a unique presentation of a common adverse effect of chemotherapy.

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