Gastro-pleuro-pericardial fistula following combined radiation and chemotherapy for lung metastases from renal cell carcinoma: Report of a case

Alessandro Neri, Youdel Lambert, Daniele Marrelli, Giulio Di Mare, Doralba Mastrogiacomo, Giovanni Corso, Luca Volterrani, Franco Roviello

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Abstract

Gastropleural and gastropericardial fistulas are abnormal communications between the stomach and the pleural cavity or pericardium. They are rare and lifethreatening complications, which require prompt surgical intervention. We report the case of a gastro-pleuro-pericardial fistula that developed in a patient treated with radiotherapy and then Sunitinib (Sutent®), a novel tyrosine-kinase inhibitor, for lung metastases from renal cell carcinoma. To our knowledge, this is the first case of a gastro-pleuro-pericardial fistula developing as a consequence of combined radiation and chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1457-1460
Number of pages4
JournalSurgery Today
Volume43
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Fistula
  • Pneumopericardium
  • Sunitinib

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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