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CASE REPORT
Rare side effect of adjuvant ipilimumab after surgical resection of melanoma: Guillain-Barré syndrome
  1. Rohini J Patel,
  2. Michael A Liu,
  3. Akshay Amaraneni,
  4. Simran K Sindhu
  1. Division of Hematology-Oncology, The University of Arizona Cancer Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA
  1. Correspondence to Rohini J Patel, rohinipatel{at}email.arizona.edu

Summary

Guillain-Barré syndrome is a life-threatening neurological disorder that presents with rapid ascending paralysis and areflexia. Guillain-Barré syndrome is traditionally associated with infections from a gastrointestinal or respiratory tract source. We report the case of a 71-year-old man with melanoma who was treated with ipilimumab as adjuvant immunotherapy and subsequently developed Guillain-Barré syndrome. The diagnosis was made clinically through physical exam findings. He was successfully treated with a combination of intravenous immunoglobulin therapy and corticosteroids.

  • unwanted effects / adverse reactions
  • cancer intervention
  • peripheral nerve disease
  • skin cancer
  • chemotherapy
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  • Contributors RJP: analysis of current literature as it relates to case, drafting manuscript, critical revision of manuscript, final approval of version to be published. MAL: critical revision of manuscript, final approval of version to be published. AA: designed treatment plan and clinical recommendations, critical revision of manuscript, final approval of version to be published. SKS: designed treatment plan and clinical recommendations, analysis of current literature as it relates to case, drafting manuscript, critical revision of manuscript, final approval of version to be published.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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