Title

Dihydropyrimidine Dehydrogenase Deficiency: To Screen or Not to Screen?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Description

5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and its prodrug capecitabine are frequently prescribed in oncology. While usually well tolerated, toxicity can be severe, and even life-threatening. A dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) deficiency can cause severe toxicity. Current testing for DPD deficiency does not meet the criteria for a routine screening test prior to 5-FU therapy. A case study of a fatality secondary to capecitabine toxicity is reviewed and literature is examined regarding general screening for DPD deficiency.

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