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Ann Hepatol. 2007 Jul-Sep;6(3):186-9.

Fatal hepatitis C associated fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis as a complication of cyclophosphamide and corticosteroid treatment of active glomerulonephritis.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis (FCH) is an aggressive and usually fatal form of viral hepatitis in immunocompromised patients. It is characterized by progressive cholestasis leading to hepatic failure, and a characteristic histopathological features including: periportal fibrosis, ballooning degeneration of hepatocytes, cholestasis, with minimal inflammation. FCH has been reported almost exclusively in heavily immunosuppressed organ transplant recipients or patients with AIDS. This case report describes a previously immunocompetent patient with previously stable chronic hepatitis C who developed fibrosing cholestatic hepatitis after receiving cyclophosphamide and corticosteroids for active glomerulonephritis.

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