Adeel Siddiqui, Zuhaib Jaffer Malik, Sidrah Andleeb
Department of Pharmacy, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center, Lahore, Pakistan. Department of Pharmacy, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Department of Pharmacy, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center, Lahore, Pakistan
Keywords: red man syndrome, vancomycin, drug rash eosinophilia and systemic symptoms, eosinophilia.

Vancomycin associated Red Man Syndrome (RMS) is a common infusion related adverse effect. A correlation has been proposed between vancomycin induced eosinophilia and occurrence of RMS.In such cases, it is identified that activated T-cells release cytokines, which tends to contribute to hypersensitivity reaction.A cross-sectional, retrospective study was conducted to evaluate the possible association of vancomycin induced eosinophilia with the occurrence of RMS at a local tertiary care cancer hospital. In this study the role of eosinophilia before the occurrence of RMS was focused. A twenty one month data was extracted from Jan, 2014 to Sep, 2015 and 8 patients were found to be reported for vancomycin induced RMS. Only one patient (12.5%) fulfilled the criteria for the drug rash eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) among the 8 patients. This particular patient had eosinophilia preceding RMS. In the study sample,2(25%) patients showed a rise in their eosinophil count but within the normal range.A correlation of eosinophilia and RMScould not be established in our study.

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Identifiers and Pagination:
First Page:7
Last Page:10
Publisher Id:19204159.8:1.2016
Article History:
Received:October 12,2015
Accepted:November 1,2015
Collection year:2015
First Published:January 1, 2016

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Welcome to the research group of Prof. Dr. Cornelia M. Keck in Marburg. Cornelia M. Keck is a pharmacist and obtained her PhD in 2006 from the Freie Universität (FU) in Berlin. In 2009 she was appointed as Adjunct Professor for Pharmaceutical and Nutritional Nanotechnology at the University Putra Malaysia (UPM) and in 2011 she obtained her Venia legendi (Habilitation) at the Freie Universität Berlin and was appointed as a Professor for Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern. Since 2016 she is Professor of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics at the Philipps-Universität Marburg. Her field of research is the development and characterization of innovative nanocarriers for improved delivery of poorly soluble actives for healthcare and cosmetics. Prof. Keck is executive board member of the German Association of Nanotechnology (Deutscher Verband Nanotechnologie), Vize-chairman of the unit „Dermocosmetics“ at the German Society of Dermopharmacy, active member in many pharmaceutical societies and member of the BfR Committee for Cosmetics at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

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