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Keywords:

  • adverse effects;
  • bleomycin;
  • skin

Summary

Bleomycin is frequently used as a chemotherapeutic agent to treat various kinds of malignancy. However, the cytotoxic effects of bleomycin cause a number of adverse responses, in particular in the lung and the skin. Bleomycin is used by dermatologists as a treatment for various skin cancers, recalcitrant warts, keloid and hypertrophic scars. This article discusses the use of bleomycin for various skin disorders, as well as the risk factors and cutaneous side-effects resulting from its use.