Clinical courses after administration of oral corticosteroids in patients with severely cholestatic acute hepatitis A; three cases.

Eileen L. Yoon, Hyung Joon Yim, Seung Young Kim, Jeong Han Kim, Ju Han Lee, Young Sun Lee, Hyun Jung Lee, Sung Woo Jung, Sang Woo Lee, Jai Hyun Choi

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Abstract

Acute hepatitis A is currently outbreaking in Korea. Although prognosis of acute hepatitis A is generally favorable, a minority of patients are accompanied by fatal complications. Severe cholestasis is one of the important causes of prolonged hospitalization in patients with acute hepatitis A. In such cases, higher chances of additional complications and increased medical costs are inevitable. We report three cases of severely cholestatic hepatitis A, who showed favorable responses to oral corticosteroids. Thirty milligram of prednisolone was initiated and tapered according to the responses. Rapid improvement was observed in all cases without side effects. We suggest that corticosteroid administration can be useful in hepatitis A patients with severe cholestasis who do not show improvement by conservative managements. Clinical trial will be needed to evaluate effectiveness of corticosteroids in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-333
Number of pages5
JournalThe Korean journal of hepatology
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Sep

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    Yoon, E. L., Yim, H. J., Kim, S. Y., Kim, J. H., Lee, J. H., Lee, Y. S., Lee, H. J., Jung, S. W., Lee, S. W., & Choi, J. H. (2010). Clinical courses after administration of oral corticosteroids in patients with severely cholestatic acute hepatitis A; three cases. The Korean journal of hepatology, 16(3), 329-333. https://doi.org/10.3350/kjhep.2010.16.3.329