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Recall lung pneumonitis due to carmustine after radiotherapy.
  1. P S Thomas,
  2. S Agrawal,
  3. M Gore,
  4. D M Geddes
  1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton Hospital, London.


    A patient who developed pneumonitis immediately after the administration of carmustine (BCNU), within exactly the same field as previous irradiation, is presented. The patient responded partially to corticosteroids. This case suggests that irradiation causes subclinical sensitisation of the lung and can therefore have an additive effect in precipitating lung damage when another pulmonary toxin is encountered at a later date.

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