Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome induced by pazopanib for renal cell carcinoma

G. Asaithambi, B. R. Peters, Elisabeth Hurliman, B. P. Moran, A. S. Khan, R. A. Taylor

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Summary What is known and Objective Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) can be the result of acute hypertension, eclampsia, renal failure and the use of immunosuppressive or cytotoxic agents. We report a case of PRES as a result of the use of pazopanib, a vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor used for renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Case summary A 76-year-old man treated with RCC develops PRES shortly after the initiation of pazopanib. What is new and conclusion There are no known reports of the association between PRES and pazopanib. We postulate that pazopanib can disrupt the normal endothelial function of the brain leading to the development of PRES.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-176
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • adverse effect
  • adverse event
  • pazopanib
  • posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome


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