Prinzmetal's angina during 5-fluorouracil chemotherapy

Neal S. Kleiman, Daniel E. Lehane, Charles E. Geyer, Craig M. Pratt, James B. Young

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Variant angina developed during intravenous 5-fluorouracil therapy in a patient without prior history of angina pectoris. Ambulatory electrocardiography demonstrated S-T segment elevation and ventricular ectopy during pain, whereas no symptoms or S-T segment changes occurred during placebo therapy. Prophylaxis with both nifedipine and diltiazem was successful in preventing recurrence. It is believed that 5-fluorouracil induced coronary vasospasm and that this was prevented by prophylactic calcium antagonist therapy. Drug-induced coronary artery spasm may be the cause of 5-fluorouracil-associated chest pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-568
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1987

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