Acute liver failure caused by drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome associated with hyperferritinemia

Masayuki Miyazaki, Masatake Tanaka, Akihiro Ueda, Tsuyoshi Yoshimoto, Masaki Kato, Makoto Nakamuta, Kazuhiro Kotoh, Ryoichi Takayanagi

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Abstract

Drug-induced hypersensitivity syndrome (DIHS) is a severe reaction usually characterized by fever, rash, and multiorgan failure, occurring 2-6 wk after drug introduction. It is an immune-mediated reaction involving macrophage and T-lymphocyte activation and cytokine release. A 54-year-old woman was diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis and initiated salazosulfapyridine by mouth. About 10 d later, she had a high fever, skin rash and liver dysfunction. She was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with a drug eruption. She was treated with oral prednisolone 30 mg/d; however, she developed high fever again and her blood tests showed acute liver failure and cytopenia associated with hyperferritinemia. She was diagnosed with acute liver failure and hemophagocytosis caused by DIHS. She was transferred to the Department of Medicine and Bioregulatory Science, Kyushu University, where she was treated with arterial steroid injection therapy. Following this treatment, her liver function improved and serum ferritin immediately decreased. We hypothesized that an immune-mediated reaction in DIHS may have generated over-activation of macrophages and T-lymphocytes, followed by a cytokine storm that affected various organs. The measurement of serum ferritin might be a useful marker of the severity of DIHS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4928-4931
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume17
Issue number44
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 28 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology

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