Publications by authors named "Georg Tatzreiter"

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Perforating folliculitis, angioedema, hand-foot syndrome--multiple cutaneous side effects in a patient treated with sorafenib.

J Dtsch Dermatol Ges 2009 May 29;7(5):449-52. Epub 2009 Jan 29.

Donauspital SMZ Ost, Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Vienna, Austria.

A patient with clear cell renal cell carcinoma was treated with sorafenib, a multikinase inhibitor, which induced a variety of cutaneous side effects. In addition to xerosis, he developed angioedema (AE), hand-foot syndrome (HFS) and perforating folliculitis (PF). The latter three occurred in a dose-dependent manner. AE was observed at the recommended daily dose of 800 mg. Dose reduction to 400 mg prevented its recurrence. At this dose level, the patient exhibited HFS, which cleared upon further reduction of the dose. While receiving 200 mg, the patient developed PF. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first description of a case of PF during treatment with sorafenib.
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May 2009

Routine clinical use of alemtuzumab in patients with heavily pretreated B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia: a nation-wide retrospective study in Austria.

Cancer 2006 Nov;107(10):2408-16

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hemato-Oncology, University Hospital of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria.

Background: In previous studies, alemtuzumab demonstrated considerable activity in patients with previously treated B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), including fludarabine-refractory disease. In this retrospective study, the authors evaluated the benefit of alemtuzumab monotherapy in unselected patients with advanced, previously treated CLL who received treatment in the routine clinical setting.

Methods: Data were collected from 115 consecutive patients who received alemtuzumab therapy at 25 participating centers in Austria. Patients received a median of 3 prior lines of therapy (range, 1-11 prior lines of therapy), and 59% had fludarabine-refractory disease. Alemtuzumab was administered intravenously or subcutaneously with a planned schedule of 30 mg 3 times per week for up to 12 weeks. Patients received valacyclovir and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole for antiinfective prophylaxis.

Results: The overall response rate was 23%, with complete responses achieved in 5% of patients. Stable disease (SD) was achieved in 36% of patients. After a median follow-up of 17.5 months, the median overall survival (OS) was 20.2 months for all patients. A multivariate Cox regression analysis that included pretreatment baseline characteristics, response to therapy, and cumulative dose of alemtuzumab indicated that bulky lymphadenopathy, the administration of > r =3 previous therapies, and lack of response to alemtuzumab remained significant independent risk factors for inferior OS. The median OS had not been reached for responding patients. The median OS was 29.5 months for patients with SD and 10.8 months for patients with progressive disease.

Conclusions: The broad use of alemtuzumab in the routine clinical practice setting is feasible and active in unselected patients with pretreated CLL, and the current results confirmed the activity and safety of this agent, as reported in previously published clinical studies.
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November 2006

A rare case of interstitial pneumonitis after tandem high-dose melphalan conditioning and autologous stem cell transplantation in multiple myeloma.

Eur J Haematol 2004 Aug;73(2):143-6

Second Department of Medicine, Danube Hospital, Vienna, Austria.

A 57-yr-old woman with multiple myeloma received an autologous tandem transplant at a 4-month interval. She was conditioned twice with 225 mg/m2 melphalan. After the second transplant, interstitial pneumonitis (IP) ensued. The clinical course was life threatening and mechanical ventilation was required for 32 d. All attempts to identify an infectious agent failed. A presumptive diagnosis of idiopathic IP, possibly related to melphalan toxicity, was made. High-dose methylprednisolone administration led to rapid and durable improvement. Melphalan was employed for conditioning in the tandem setting with an interval of only 3-4 months between two courses or a dose elevation to 225 instead of 200 mg/m2, may have induced IP which responded favorably to methylprednisolone.
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August 2004