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Efficacy of Intravenous Glycyrrhizin in the Early Stage of Acute Onset Autoimmune Hepatitis.
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PMID:  21681505     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Acute onset autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) shows acute presentation like acute hepatitis and does not have typical clinicopathological features of AIH. There is no gold standard for making the diagnosis. Therefore, losing the timing of starting immunosuppressive therapy, some of the cases develop into severe or fulminant form and have poor prognosis. AIMS: Our aim was to elucidate the efficacy of intravenous glycyrrhizin in decreasing alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level in the early stage of acute onset AIH. METHODS: Thirty-one patients were defined as acute onset AIH based on our uniform criteria, and were enrolled in this study. We prospectively treated 17 patients with sufficient doses (100 ml/day) of intravenous glycyrrhizin (SNMC) at an early stage (SNMC group), and treated 14 patients of severe disease with intravenous glycyrrhizin and corticosteroids (CS) (SNMC + CS group). We examined their clinical and biochemical features and treatment responses. RESULTS: The ALT level could be controlled at an early stage using SNMC with no significant difference compared with SNMC + CS, and responsiveness to the therapy was determined by the disease severity at the time of starting therapy rather than the time duration from onset to therapy. Recovery rate was higher in the SNMC group than in the SNMC + CS group (P = 0.035). CONCLUSIONS: The early introduction of sufficient doses of SNMC might prevent disease progression in patients with acute onset AIH. SNMC can be used safely and be useful for patients with difficult-to-diagnose acute liver disease as an 'initial' treatment tool to improve liver inflammation before starting disease-specific treatments.
Shin Yasui; Keiichi Fujiwara; Akinobu Tawada; Yoshihiro Fukuda; Masayuki Nakano; Osamu Yokosuka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Digestive diseases and sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-2568     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
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Created Date:  2011-6-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7902782     Medline TA:  Dig Dis Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Medicine and Clinical Oncology, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, 1-8-1 Inohana, Chuo-ku, Chiba, 260-8670, Japan.
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