Anasarca, a complication of chemotherapy with gemcitabine in two patients with pancreatic cancer


Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is the fifth most common cause of cancer-related mortality in the world. The nucleoside analogue gemcitabine is the established standard therapy for advanced disease. Rare cases of gemcitabine-associated systemic capillary leak syndrome have been reported. Here, we present two cases of capillary-leak syndrome in patients with pancreatic cancer treated with gemcitabine.