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PAROLIN, Mônica Beatriz et al. Acute cholestatic hepatitis induced by propylthiouracil: case report. Arq. Gastroenterol. [online]. 2000, vol.37, n.2, pp.129-132. ISSN 1678-4219.

Propylthiouracil is widely used to treat patients with hyperthyroidism. However, propylthiouracil-induced hepatitis is an uncommon entity. The case of a 15-year-old boy treated with propylthiouracil for hyperthyroidism who developed a cholestatic acute hepatitis is reported. Viral, metabolic and autoimmune liver diseases were excluded and liver biopsy showed a pattern suggestive of drug-induced cholestatic hepatitis. After discontinuating the drug, there was a progressive resolution of symptoms and normalization of liver biochemical tests. Despite its rarity, patients receiving propylthiouracil are exposed to develop severe hepatotoxicity.

Keywords : Propylthiouracil; Hyperthyroidism; Hepatitis, drug induced.

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