Adverse reaction characterized by chest pain, shortness of breath, and syncope associated with verteporfin (visudyne).
PURPOSE: To report a serious adverse reaction associated with verteporfin infusion. DESIGN: Observational case report. METHODS: Case report of a single individual undergoing photodynamic therapy (PDT) with verteporfin. RESULTS: A 77-year-old man with long-standing asymptomatic atrial fibrillation, but no known coronary artery disease experienced severe chest and neck pain, shortness of breath, and syncope while undergoing a fourth photodynamic therapy (PDT) treatment with verteporfin. This infusion had been preceded by three prior infusions; the first two were uneventful, and the third was associated with milder, but similar symptoms. Evaluation demonstrated that the chest pain was noncardiac in origin. CONCLUSION: As verteporfin continues to be used around the world, physicians must be alert to the possibility of serious adverse side effects associated with its use.
Cahill, MT; Smith, BT; Fekrat, S
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