Arthritis as a complication of intravesical BCG vaccine

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6944.1638 (Published 18 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1638
  1. M Devlin,
  2. A Deodhar,
  3. M Davis
  1. Duke of Cornwall Rheumatology Unit, Royal Cornwall Hospital (City), Truro TR1 2HZ.

    EDITOR, - In their editorial on treating superficial bladder cancer with intravesical BCG vaccine1 Neeraj Sharma and Stephen Prescott do not mention the important, though rare, complication of arthritis.*RF 2-4* We describe a case of asymmetric oligoarthritis in a patient treated with intravesical BCG vaccine.

    After an episode of painless haematuria in April 1992 a 40 year old man was diagnosed as having a moderately differentiated transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. At cystoscopy all visible tumour was resected. Repeat cystoscopy, however, showed …

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