Oncological Emergencies

  • Sameer Rathi


  • Oncotherapy patients who present to the emergency department are experiencing significant disease conditions; however, frivolous they may appear to be, unless proven otherwise.

  • Early fluid resuscitation, rapid empirical diagnosis, blood and urine cultures and early commencement of broad-spectrum antibiotics are primary interventions required in the emergency department.

  • Spinal cord compression should be ruled out in chemotherapy patients with back pain.

  • Superior vena cava syndrome is rarely life threatening and requires tissue diagnosis of malignancy, prior to treatment initiation.

  • Neoplastic pericardial effusion can arise insidiously, and bedside echocardiography is the modality of choice for establishing the diagnosis.

  • Hypercalcaemia due to malignancy is associated with a poor prognosis.


Zoledronic Acid Pericardial Effusion Tumour Lysis Syndrome Pericardial Tamponade Gallium Nitrate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Accident and Emergency DepartmentKokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research CenterMumbaiIndia

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