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February 1990

Neutropenic Enterocolitis: A New Complication of Head and Neck Cancer Chemotherapy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh (Pa) School of Medicine, Eye and Ear Institute, Pittsburgh.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116(2):209-211. doi:10.1001/archotol.1990.01870020085023

• Neutropenic enterocolitis is a recognized complication of immunosuppression or chemotherapy for leukemia. It presents as severe abdominal pain and tenderness, fever, and diarrhea associated with granulocytopenia. Gastrointestinal symptoms associated with chemotherapy for head and neck neoplasms include nausea and emesis, but not acute abdominal distress. We present, to our knowledge, the first case of neutropenic enterocolitis in a patient receiving cisplatin and fluorouracil chemotherapy for metastatic head and neck cancer.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116:209-211)

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