Simultaneously occurred pleural and pericardial effusion related to dasatinib treatment: A case report


  • Burak Bursalı
  • Serhat Sayın
  • Ramazan Gökdemir


Dasatinib, Pleural effusion, Pericardial effusion, Chronic myeloid leukemia


Dasatinib  is  a  proven  potent  tyrosine  kinase  inhibitor  which  is  used  in  the  newly diagnosed  Philadelphia  Chromosome  (Ph1)   positive  chronic  myeloid  leukemia  (CML)  treatment  when  there  is  no  hematological  and/or  cytogenetic  response  to  imatinib treatment.  Pleural  and  pericardial  effusions  due  to  dasatinib  therapy  may  be  seen  5  to 30  weeks  after  the  onset  of  the  treatment,  but  may  also  develop  at  any  time  interval. Pleural  effusions  are  frequently  bilateral  and  exudative,  and  lymphocyte  cell  dominance is  often  observed . It  has  been  observed  that  when  dasatinib  treatment  is  stopped,  the side  effects  which  occurred  with  the  treatment  are  greatly  regressed.  In  this  article,  we present  a  case  with  New  York  Heart  Association  (NYHA)  functional  class  III  dyspnea under  the  treatment  of  dasatinib  and  developed  simultaneous  pleural  and  pericardial effusion,  which  is  rare  in  the  literature. Our  aim  of  presenting  this  case  is  to  emphasize  once  again  the  rarity  of  simultaneous pleural  and  pericardial  effusion  development  in  dasatinib  therapy,  and  the  importance of  intermittent  cardiopulmonary  evaluation  before  and  during  the  treatment  of  CML patients.


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Bursalı B, Sayın S, Gökdemir R. Simultaneously occurred pleural and pericardial effusion related to dasatinib treatment: A case report. J Surg Med [Internet]. 2018 May 1 [cited 2023 Jun. 4];2(2):148-50. Available from: