Young D, Mitchell A, Kessler J, Christman J. Cortical blindness and seizures possibly related to cisplatin, vinblastine, and bleomycin treatment of ovarian dysgerminoma. J Am Osteopath Assoc 1993;93(4):502. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.19184.108.40.2062.
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Ovarian dysgerminoma is the most common ovarian malignancy in young women. Conservative treatment is indicated in the reproductive-age woman who wishes to preserve childbearing capacity. This case report describes a patient with ovarian dysgerminoma who underwent chemotherapy with a cisplatin-vinblastine-bleomycin regimen that resulted in serious toxic complications--including cortical blindness and seizures--that were transient in nature. Although current chemotherapy regimens have dramatically improved the overall survival of women with germ-cell tumors, there are toxic complications such as those demonstrated in this report, and toxicity must be balanced against presumed benefit.
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