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Reversibility of Severe Left Ventricular Dysfunction Due to Doxorubicin Cardiotoxicity: Report of Three Cases

JASBIR SAINI, M.D.; MICHAEL W. RICH, M.D.; and ALAN P. LYSS, M.D.
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Grant support: Dr. Lyss is the recipient of a Junior Faculty Clinical Fellowship (JFCF #722) from the American Cancer Society.

▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Michael W. Rich, M.D.; Division of Cardiology, Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center, 216 South Kingshighway; St. Louis, MO 63110.


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© 1987 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(6):814-816. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-106-6-814
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Doxorubicin is a potent anticancer agent effective in a wide range of malignancies, but its use is limited by dose-dependent late cardiotoxicity. Severe doxorubicin cardiotoxicity has been associated with a poor prognosis and a high mortality rate, and until recently has been thought to be irreversible. We describe the cases of three patients with well-documented severe left ventricular dysfunction due to doxorubicin who had complete clinical recovery with return of cardiac function to normal. Because severe doxorubicin cardiotoxicity is reversible in some patients, aggressive supportive therapy is warranted.

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