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Drug-induced liver disease 

Drug-induced liver disease
Drug-induced liver disease

Guruprasad P. Aithal

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date: 05 March 2021

Drug-induced liver disease encompasses a wide range of pathology including idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI), acute fatty liver, autoimmune hepatitis, sclerosing cholangitis, granulomatous hepatitis, and nodular regenerative hyperplasia, as well as drug-associated fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and liver tumours. The vast majority of commonly used drugs are reported to be associated with DILI, including over-the-counter preparations, herbal remedies, and dietary supplements. It is important to consider drug therapy as an aetiology when assessing patients presenting with hepatocellular or cholestatic patterns of liver injury. Systematic evaluation and prompt diagnosis followed by discontinuation of the particular medication is crucial to prevent the development of acute liver failure and to avoid inappropriate investigations. Both candidate gene and genome-wide association studies have identified the critical role of the adaptive immune system in the pathogenesis of idiosyncratic DILI. Human leucocyte antigen alleles that are strongly associated with DILI have the potential to assist in the clinical investigation of patients suspected to have DILI in particular circumstances.

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