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Ventricular bigeminal rhythm associated with trastuzumab: A potential cardiac side effect

1 Department of Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology, Gazi University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Bakırkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Department of Emergency, Artova Goverment Hospital, Tokat, Turkey
4 Department of Medical Oncology, Bakırkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
5 Department of Hematology, Akdeniz University Medical School, Antalya, Turkey

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Hakan Kocoglu,
Department of Internal Medicine, Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

Cardiac side effects of targeted chemotherapy agents are getting more and more important topic nowadays. However, the studies on this topic are limited. Because multiple agent chemotherapy is not a common treatment option, it is hard to establish controlled study groups (as before chemotherapy and after chemotherapy); further, cancer, itself, may cause cardiac side effects and uncertainty of the symptoms may be associated with previous clinical situation before chemotherapy. For all that, we may get information to a certain degree about the side effects of these agents by analyzing case reports. These side effects have a broad spectrum from asymptomatic rhythm alterations to acute cardiac death. In this case report, we aim to discuss asymptomatic ventricular bigeminal rhythm, which is proved by electrocardiography, of our patient during treated by trastuzumab.

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