Several antibiotics are known to be hepatotoxic. Apart from subtle, reversible, and often inconsequential abnormalities, cholestasis is the predominant presentation that has a protracted and disabling course. Hepatitis, like illness, is characteristic of some drugs, and chronic Liver disease may evolve. It is important to recognize if a patient has an adverse reaction to a drug because continuing use of the drug in the face of hepatitis can have disastrous consequences. Chronic liver disease may ensue and progress onto cirrhosis; this has typically been seen following use of isoniazid and nitrofurantoin. Cholestatic liver disease can progress into a chronic form of a ductopenic state; this is particularly seen after antibiotic-related cholestasis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Gastroenterology Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1995|
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