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Saturday 01 November 2003

Unintentional rechallenge resulting in a causative relationship between ketoconazole and acute liver injury.

By: Chien RN, Sheen IS, Liaw YF.

Int J Clin Pract 2003 Nov;57(9):829-30

We present the case of a female patient in whom acute overt hepatitis developed after 60 days of ketoconazole administration (200 mg/day). A prompt renewed hepatic injury 48 hours after an unintentional rechallenge 30 months later provided definitive evidence for a causative relationship between ketoconazole and acute liver injury. Histological examination revealed acute hepatitis with bridging hepatic necrosis. Clinicians should be aware of this cause and effect relationship between ketoconazole and acute liver injury, which can result in prompt severe acute liver injury after rechallenge.

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