alexa Abstract | Erlotinib-Induced Episcleritis in a Patient with Pancreatic Cancer

JOP. Journal of the Pancreas
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Context Erlotinib is a relatively new anilinoquinazoline indicated for treatment of pancreatic cancer in combination with gemcitabine. It is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that specifically targets epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), which is commonly overexpressed and/or mutated in solid tumors. Active competitive inhibition of adenosine triphosphate, inhibits downstream signal transduction of ligand dependent EGFR activation. EGFR kinase inhibitors are less toxic than conventional chemotherapy as they are relatively specific for tumor cells. Common side effects include acneiform (papulopustular) rash, diarrhea, edema, pruritus, dry skin and alopecia. Case report This article reports the case of a 55-year-old Caucasian female with recurrent pancreatic cancer who developed episcleritis after seventeen days of treatment with erlotinib. Symptoms completely resolved four weeks after drug discontinuation. Conclusions To our knowledge, erlotinibinduced episcleritis has not been previously described.

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Author(s): Armin Shahrokni Muhammad Wasif Saif Mohammad Reza Rajebi Justyna Matuszczak

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