Cardiotoxicity of Immunotherapy: Incidence, Diagnosis, and Management

Aarti Asnani
Current Oncology Reports 2018 April 11, 20 (6): 44

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review describes cardiotoxicity associated with adoptive T cell therapy and immune checkpoint blockade.

RECENT FINDINGS: Cardiotoxicity is a rare but potentially fatal complication associated with novel immunotherapies. Both affinity-enhanced and chimeric antigen receptor T cells have been reported to cause hypotension, arrhythmia, and left ventricular dysfunction, typically in the setting of cytokine release syndrome. Immune checkpoint inhibitors are generally well-tolerated but have the potential to cause myocarditis, with clinical presentations ranging from asymptomatic cardiac biomarker elevation to heart failure, arrhythmia, and cardiogenic shock. Electrocardiography, cardiac biomarker measurement, and cardiac imaging are key components of the diagnostic evaluation. For suspected myocarditis, endomyocardial biopsy is recommended if the diagnosis remains unclear after initial testing. The incidence of immunotherapy-associated cardiotoxicity is likely underestimated and may increase as adoptive T cell therapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors are used in larger populations and for longer durations of therapy. Baseline and serial cardiac evaluation is recommended to facilitate early identification and treatment of cardiotoxicity.

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