Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Oxaliplatin is an effective and widely used chemotherapeutic agent in the treatment of many solid tumors. The most common side effects are peripheral neuropathy, gastrointestinal toxicity, and neutropenia. There have been some case reports about ototoxicity with oxaliplatin, but no clinical trials. In this trial, we explored whether or not oxaliplatin has ototoxic effects. Materials and methods: A total of 18 patients, 14 with colorectal cancer and 4 with pancreatic cancer, were included in this study. Four patients (22%) were treated with a capecitabine and oxaliplatin (CapeOx) regimen, and 14 patients (78%) were treated with fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX-6). Patients' pretreatment and posttreatment hearing levels were assessed with high-frequency audiometry and otoacoustic emission tests. Results: The median time between the first and the last oxaliplatin doses was 3.2 months (range: 2-7 months). There was no hearing loss in tests conducted for both ears of patients at frequencies of 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, 6000, 8000, 12,000, and 16,000 Hz. There was no difference between the pretreatment and posttreatment otoacoustic emission tests. Conclusion: Oxaliplatin is a reliable agent in terms of ototoxicity.


Cancer, ototoxicity, oxaliplatin

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