About 1/1000 people
will develop a serious eye infection. The day after the injection your eye should be comfortable, there should
be very little pain. If your eye starts to get red, with misty vision
may be no pain ), perhaps 2-5 days after the injection, you should
suspect an infection and attend your eye department urgently. In Birmingham
this is the Birmingham
and Midland Eye Centre Casualty at the
Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre, City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QH
Tel: 0121-554 3801. Avastin , infection..preventing .
Patients are at increased risk for many types of infections, from minor fungal infections in the mouth (“thrush”, caused by Candida ) to life–threatening infections such as Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. The higher the steroid dose and the longer the duration of therapy, the greater the risk of infection. The risk is also increased when patients receive combinations of immunosuppressive medications, such as cyclophosphamide (cytoxan) and prednisone. The risk of some infections can be greatly reduced by taking specific types of antibiotics prophylactically.
You will normally be allowed to go home the day of treatment or the next morning, depending on what procedures you had done, and your specific condition. Usually there are no long term effects from Gamma Knife treatment. Some patients state that the pin sites are numb and “tingle” for a few weeks or intermittently for a longer period. This represents normal healing of the site, and has nothing to do with your tumor or lesion. A very few people lose a small patch of hair if the treated area was near the surface of the skull. The hair will usually grow back in a few months.