Peripheral ulcerative keratitis-like findings associated with filgrastim

Frederick W. Fraunfelder, Devin Harrison

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PURPOSE: To describe an ocular side effect occurring with filgrastim therapy. METHODS: Retrospective case report. RESULTS: One week after starting therapy with intravenous filgrastim, a 66-year-old woman developed bilateral keratitis, evidenced by epithelial defects and peripheral corneal infiltrates. When filgrastim was discontinued, symptoms improved within 3 days and resolved within 2 weeks. CONCLUSIONS: Our patient's bilateral keratitis, which abated rapidly after discontinuation of filgrastim, may have been an adverse effect of this drug. Although the patient also took pamidronate, timing and resolution of symptoms make this a less likely culprit. Physicians should be aware of the possibility of filgrastim-associated keratitis, which can be managed by discontinuing the drug or treating with artificial tears.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-369
Number of pages2
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Filgrastim
  • Keratitis
  • Ocular side effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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