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Concurrent Imatinib Dosing With High-dose Methotrexate Leads to Acute Kidney Injury and Delayed Methotrexate Clearance in Pediatric Patients With Philadelphia Chromosome-positive B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2020 May 08



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Imatinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor has improved survival in pediatric patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. There are no formal drug interactions listed between methotrexate and tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Four pediatric patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia had delayed methotrexate clearance during their first cycle of high-dose methotrexate while receiving imatinib, resulting in acute kidney injury. For subsequent high-dose methotrexate cycles, imatinib was withheld resulting in decreased acute kidney injury, shorter time to methotrexate clearance, less toxicity, and shorter hospitalizations. For pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia receiving imatinib, we recommend escalated supportive care measures including increased hyperhydration and leucovoruin frequency. For patients with toxicities secondary to delayed clearance or need for glucarpidase, we recommend holding imatinib with subsequent high-dose methotrexate courses.

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Pommert L, Liberio N, Ng JS, Egelund TA, Siver MJ, Katzenstein HM, Burke MJ


Michael James Burke MD Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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