Cytomegalovirus Colitis After 5‐Fluorouracil and Interferon‐α Therapy

James L. Baker, Michael P. Gosland, Jon D. Herrington, Kenneth E. Record

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is an opportunistic viral infection primarily affecting immunocompromised patients. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease have an increased risk for developing CMV infections of the gastrointestinal tract. While receiving continuous infusion of 5‐fluorouracil and interferon‐α, a 72‐year‐old woman with stage IV pancreatic carcinoma developed severe colitis with diarrhea that was refractory to conventional antidiarrheals. A biopsy specimen from the colon revealed CMV inclusions, which were confirmed by immunofluorescence. The patient was given ganciclovir 210 mg (5 mg/kg) every 12 hours for 14 days, and the diarrhea resolved after approximately 8 days of therapy. This is the first reported case of CMV colitis associated with combination 5‐fluorouracil and interferon‐α therapy. 1994 Pharmacotherapy Publications Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-249
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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