More data on DILI

Using a population-based cohort, the authors of a recent study from Iceland performed a prospective study, collecting data on 96 individuals with drug-induced liver injury (DILI) from 2010-2011 (Gastroenterol 2013; 144: 1419-25 & editorial 1335-36).  This study benefitted from a centralized medical care system with about 250,000 adults.  Patients with acetaminophen toxicity were excluded.


  1. DILI occurred in 19 cases per 100,000 persons per year.  This is higher than previous DILI estimates in other populations and may be due to identifying more subclinical cases.
  2. DILI increased markedly with age from 9 per 100,000 among 15-29 year olds to 41 per 100,000 among those >70; however, this paralleled the increase use of medications.
  3. Eight drugs were implicated in more than 1 case with subsequent risk estimates:
  • Augmentin 1 per 2350 users
  • Azathioprine 1 per 133  (mostly anicteric cases)
  • Infliximab 1 per 148
  • Nitrofurantoin 1 per 1369
  • Isotretinoin 1 per 732
  • Atorvastatin 1 per 3693
  • Diclofenac 1 per 9148
  • Doxycycline 1 per 16,339

Some commonly implicated drugs did not show up on the list: fluoroquinolones, macrolide antibiotics, minocycline, valproic acid, and cancer chemotherapeutic agents (except one case due to imatinib).  The editorialist notes that these agents are not commonly used in Iceland.  Also, 16% of cases were due to herbals and dietary supplements.

Consequences of DILI: 27% developed jaundice, 12% required hospitalization, and 1 patient died.  The median time for liver tests to normalize in those that recovered was 64 days.

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