Polyarthritis as a complication of intravesical Bacillus Calmette-Guerin immunotherapy for bladder cancer

Onur O., Celiker R.

CLINICAL RHEUMATOLOGY, vol.18, no.1, pp.74-76, 1999 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s100670050059
  • Title of Journal : CLINICAL RHEUMATOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.74-76


Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is the most effective agent currently available for the treatment of superficial bladder cancer. However, this form of treatment is associated with some complications, including arthritis. In this report, we present a 69-year-old woman who developed inflammatory polyarthritis following BCG treatment for superficial bladder cancer. The arthritis resolved following treatment with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug and chloroquinine.