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Pyrazinamide is a first line antituberculosis medication, but is used only in combination with other antituberculosis medications such as isoniazid or rifampin. Pyrazinamide is associated with transient and asymptomatic elevations in serum aminotransferase levels and is a well known cause of clinically apparent, acute liver injury that can be severe and even fatal.


Pyrazinamide (pir" a zin' a mide) is a synthetic pyrazine analogue of nicotinamine that has potent activity against mycobacterium tuberculosis. Its mechanism of action is unknown, but it appears to be both bactericidal and bacteriostatic. Pyrazinamide is considered an adjunctive therapy of tuberculosis and is always used in combination with another antimycobacterial agent such as isoniazid or rifampin. Pyrazinamide was developed and introduced into clinical use in 1956 and continues to be commonly used in therapy of active tuberculosis. It is available as tablets of 500 mg in several generic forms. A fixed combination of pyrazinamide (300 mg) with isoniazid (50 mg) and rifampin (120 mg) is also available under the brand name of Rifater. The recommended dosage of pyrazinamide is 15 to 30 mg/kg daily in one or more doses, but not in excess of 2 grams daily. Pyrazinamide can also be given in a twice weekly regimen of 50 to 70 mg/kg per dose allowing for observed administration and better compliance. Common side effects are fatigue, anorexia, gastrointestinal upset, arthralgias, rash and photosensitivity.


Combination therapy for tuberculosis using pyrazinamide is commonly associated with transient and asymptomatic elevations in the serum aminotransferase levels. These elevations are usually less than five times the upper limit of the normal range. Because pyrazinamide is used only in combination with other antituberculosis medications, its contributions to serum enzyme elevations is not completely clear, but it is frequently incriminated in transient serum enzyme elevations. Clinically apparent liver disease with symptoms and jaundice also occur with pyrazinamide therapy and it is often considered the culprit in causing liver injury in the face of double or triple antituberculosis therapy (Case 1). Indeed, the use of a short, 2 month course of combination therapy with rifampin and pyrazinamide for latent tuberculosis was abandoned because of the frequency of severe liver injury with this regimen that was occasionally fatal (Case 2). The onset of injury due to pyrazinamide is generally after 4 to 8 weeks and occasionally becomes apparent only after the pyrazinamide is stopped. The pattern of liver enzyme elevations is typically hepatocellular and the clinical syndrome resembles acute viral hepatitis, much like isoniazid hepatotoxicity. Features of hypersensitivity (rash, fever and eosinophilia) are uncommon as are autoantibody formation. Liver biopsy demonstrates changes typical of acute hepatitis with portal and lobular inflammation, hepatocellular necrosis and variable degrees of cholestasis.

Mechanism of Injury

The mechanism of hepatic injury by pyrazinamide is not known, but the drug is extensively metabolized by the liver and injury may be caused by a metabolic intermediate. Hepatotoxicity from pyrazinamide appears to be more frequent with higher doses, suggesting a direct toxic effect, at least in part.

Outcome and Management

The appearance of liver injury with symptoms and serum aminotransferase levels above 3 times the ULN or any elevation in aminotransferase levels above 5 times the ULN should prompt withdrawal of pyrazinamide. Many cases of pyrazinamide hepatotoxicity are severe and prolonged, and fatal instances have occurred. Pyrazinamide has not been linked to chronic hepatitis or vanishing bile duct syndrome. There is no cross reactivity of the hepatic injury with other currently available antituberculosis agents.

[First line medications used in the therapy of tuberculosis in the United States include isoniazid, pyrazinamide, ethambutol and the rifamycins including rifampin, rifabutin and rifapentine. Second line medications include streptomycin, capreomycin, cycloserine, ethionamide, fluoroquinolones such as levofloxacin, and moxifloxacin, aminoglycosides such as amikacin and para-aminosalicylic acid (PAS).]

[First line medications used in the therapy of tuberculosis in the US include ethambutol, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, rifabutin, rifampin, and rifapentine. Second line medications include streptomycin, capreomycin, cycloserine, ethionamide, fluoroquinolones such as levofloxacin and moxifloxacin, aminoglycosides such as amikacin, and para-aminosalicylic acid (PAS).]

Drug Class: Antituberculosis Agents

Other Drugs in the Class: Bedaquiline, Capreomycin, Cycloserine, Ethambutol, Ethionamide, Isoniazid, Rifabutin, Rifampin, Rifapentine, Streptomycin


Case 1. Acute liver failure due to combination antituberculosis therapy.

[Modified from: Farrell FJ, Keeffe EB, Man KM, Imperial JC, Esquivel CO. Treatment of hepatic failure secondary to isoniazid hepatitis with liver transplantation. Dig Dis Sc 1994; 39: 2255-9. PubMed Citation]

A 60 year old woman with pulmonary tuberculosis was treated with isoniazid (300 mg daily), rifampin (600 mg daily) and pyrazinamide (1.5 gram daily) and improved rapidly, but was found to have jaundice with bilirubin 3.5 mg/dL, AST 538 U/L and alkaline phosphatase 148 U/L six weeks after starting therapy (Table). Her liver tests were reported to be normal before treatment. She had no history of liver disease, alcohol abuse, or risk factors for viral hepatitis. Isoniazid and rifampin were stopped but pyrazinamide continued. One week later, she was admitted to a local hospital for worsening hepatic function. She was mildly encephalopathic and the prothrombin time was prolonged. She was transferred to a liver transplant center. She was in stage 3 hepatic coma and required artificial ventilation. Pyrazinamide was stopped and ofloxacin, ethambutol and streptomycin started. Blood tests for hepatitis A, B and C were negative. She underwent successful liver transplantation 5 days after transfer and 3 weeks after onset of symptoms. She recovered uneventfully and was discharged 16 days after transplant on cyclosporine and prednisone. She was maintained on ethambutol, streptomycin and ofloxacin for tuberculosis, and sputum cultures remained negative.

Key Points

Medication:Isoniazid, rifampin, pyrazinamide
Pattern:Hepatocellular (R=10.1)
Severity:5+ (acute liver failure requiring liver transplantation)
Latency:6 weeks
Other medications:None mentioned

Laboratory Values

Time After StartingTime After StoppingAST* (U/L)Protime* (Seconds)Bilirubin* (mg/dL)Other
Isoniazid, rifampin and pyrazinamide started for active tuberculosis
6 weeks05483.5
7 weeks7164022.422.4Admission
8 weeks1435041.021.0
Emergency liver transplantation
3 months1 month3011.05.0Discharge
Normal Values<40<14<1.2

* Some values estimated from Figure 2.


This case demonstrates an acute viral hepatitis-like presentation of drug induced liver injury. While the case represents “definite” drug induced liver disease, it is impossible to be definitive about which agent was responsible. Isoniazid is a likely culprit, but pyrazinamide and (to a lesser degree) rifampin are also capable of causing acute severe liver injury, and continuing pyrazinamide in the face of an acute hepatitis-like syndrome was not advisable. Despite stopping isoniazid and rifampin therapy promptly, the patient progressed to hepatic failure and required liver transplantation within 3 weeks of initial presentation. Risk factors for antituberculosis therapy associated hepatitis included age and combination therapy. Risk factors for severe outcome were age and sex.

Case 2. Acute liver failure complicating two month course of rifampin and pyrazinamide.

[Modified from: Medinger A. Death associated with rifampin and pyrazinamide 2-month treatment of latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Chest 2002; 121: 1710-2. PubMed Citation]

A 68 year old man with a history of a positive tuberculin test requested antituberculosis therapy so as to obviate the need for annual chest X-rays required by his employer. He had a history of alcoholic liver disease, but had stopped drinking 5 years previously. He also had gout, hypertension and type 2 diabetes for which he took aspirin, colchicine, ibuprofen, lisinopril and metformin on a chronic basis. He was started on rifampin (600 mg daily) and pyrazinamide (2 grams daily) and monitored monthly. He tolerated therapy without symptoms and liver tests were normal at baseline and at one month (Table). Immediately after stopping therapy, however, he began to feel ill and presented to the emergency room with jaundice, lethargy and confusion. On examination, he was icteric and had asterixis. Laboratory tests showed marked elevations in serum aminotransferase levels and bilirubin of 16.7 mg/dL. The prothrombin time was prolonged [INR 6.0]; and there were elevations in serum creatinine (5.4 mg/dL), ammonia (181 μmol/L: normal <35) and lactate (13.2 mmol/L, normal <2.2). Abdominal ultrasound showed ascites, but no evidence of biliary obstruction. He was given supportive care but developed worsening coma, respiratory and renal failure and died 3 days after admission.

Key Points

Medication:Pyrazinamide, rifampin
Pattern:Hepatocellular (R=10)
Severity:5+ (death)
Latency:2 months
Other medications:Aspirin, colchicine, ibuprofen, lisinopril, metformin

Laboratory Values

Time After StartingTime After StoppingALT (U/L)Alk P (U/L)Bilirubin (mg/dL)Other
0Pyrazinamide and rifampin started
2 weeks31630.5
8 weeks0Pyrazinamide and rifampin stopped: asymptomatic
3 days62017516.7INR=6.0
9 weeks6 days193020719.2INR=10.1
8 daysDeath from multiorgan failure
Normal Values<45<130<1.2


The patient developed an abrupt onset of acute liver failure a few days after stopping an 8 week course of rifampin and pyrazinamide for latent tuberculosis. This combination is highly effective for latent tuberculosis, but has been associated with an unacceptably high rate of liver injury and cases of acute liver failure, for which reasons it is no longer recommended. Whether the injury was due to pyrazinamide or rifampin was unclear; there is likely an interaction that promotes the risk of injury. The risk of liver injury increases with age not just with isoniazid, but also with other antituberculosis medications and combinations. History of alcohol abuse and alcoholic liver injury are believed to also be risk factors for antituberculosis medication hepatotoxicity, but it has not been clearly defined. This report does not mention testing for viral hepatitis or autopsy results; but the clinical history and course are entirely compatible with drug induced liver injury from antituberculosis medications.



Pyrazinamide – Generic, Tebrazid®


Antituberculosis Agents


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Pyrazinamide Chemical Structure


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  • al Sarraf KA, Michielsen PP, Hauben EI, Lefebure A, Ramon AM, Van Marck EA, Pelckmans PA. Hepatotoxicity after a short course of low-dose pyrazinamide. Acta Gastroenterol Belg 1996; 59: 251-3. [PubMed: 9085628]
    (32 year old man with tuberculosis developed ALT elevations [50 times ULN] 10 weeks after starting isoniazid, resolving promptly on stopping, but rising again within 3 weeks of starting pyrazinamide and rifampin with worsening despite stopping both agents [peak bilirubin 1.2 mg/dL, ALT 1455 U/L, Alk P 107 U/L 10 weeks after withdrawal], resolving slowly and incompletely).
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    (Among 1317 patients treated for active tuberculosis, hepatitis was attributed to rifampin in 1.4%, pyrazinamide in 1.2% and isoniazid in 0.3%, but none to ethambutol or streptomycin).
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    (Review of the problem of hepatotoxicity of antituberculosis medications and recommendations on monitoring, with biochemical monitoring recommended only for patients with preexisting liver disease; in the UK between 1965-86 there were 243 reports of liver injury due to antituberculosis therapy and 45 fatalities).
  • Døssing M, Wilcke JT, Askgaard DS, Nybo B. Liver injury during antituberculosis treatment: an 11-year study. Tuber Lung Dis 1996; 77: 335-40. [PubMed: 8796249]
    (Retrospective chart review on 765 Danish patients treated for tuberculosis with 3 or 4 drugs for 6-9 months; 16% had AST elevations >2 times ULN usually during first month, but only 2% required modified regimen; 7 with jaundice, no fatalities; risk factors for hepatotoxicity were female sex, age and severe tuberculosis).
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    (Review and recommendations from France regarding monitoring of serum enzymes during therapy of tuberculosis; isoniazid may have direct hepatotoxicity because of dose relatedness and usual absence of recurrence on rechallenge; rifampin is rare cause of liver injury, usually with short latency period; pyrazinamide is clearly hepatotoxic at higher doses which should be kept to a minimum and given for 2 months only).
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    (52 year old developed fever 1 month after starting pyrazinamide and streptomycin for suspected tuberculosis [bilirubin 0.6 mg/dL, ALT 136 U/L, Alk P 752 U/L] without rash or eosinophilia, resolving on stopping, biopsy showing granulomas).
  • Ridzon R, Meador J, Maxwell R, Higgins K, Weismuller P, Onorato IM. Asymptomatic hepatitis in persons who received alternative preventive therapy with pyrazinamide and ofloxacin. Clin Infect Dis 1997; 24: 1264-5. [PubMed: 9195099]
    (Among 22 contacts of patient with multidrug resistant tuberculosis given pyrazinamide and ofloxacin, 12 developed ALT elevations after 2-25 weeks resolving in 3-5 weeks of stopping; two above 35 years in age both developed elevations [ALT 1026 and 2,990 U/L], one had eosinophilia [35%] and jaundice [bilirubin 4.1 mg/dL]).
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    (Prospective study of 240 patients treated for active tuberculosis with 3 drug regimen, found ALT elevations in 45% of 31 HBsAg carriers vs 26% of 209 controls; 1 death in a carrier, none in controls, but nevertheless concluded that HBsAg was not a risk factor for antituberculosis therapy associated liver injury).
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    (Among 134 patients with tuberculosis, 22 developed hepatotoxicity during therapy; risk factors were HCV infection [30% vs 11%] and HIV infection [27% vs 12%]; alpha interferon therapy of hepatitis C allowed for antituberculosis therapy without ALT elevations in some patients).
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  • Wada M, Yoshiyama T, Ogata H, Ito K, Mizutani S, Sugita H. [Six-months chemotherapy (2HRZS or E/4HRE) of new cases of pulmonary tuberculosis—six year experiences on its effectiveness, toxicity, and acceptability]. Kekkaku 1999; 74: 353-60. Japanese. [PubMed: 10355221]
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    (Among 43 children prospectively monitored on rifampin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide therapy, 30% had abnormal liver tests, usually in first few weeks, 2 had symptoms, 1 jaundice; all patients continued or were restarted and finished therapy).
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    (Controlled trial in 1583 patients with HIV infection and latent tuberculosis comparing rifampin/pyrazinamide [R/P] for 2 months to isoniazid [INH] for 12 months; active tuberculosis arose in 0.8 % per year of R/P vs 1.1% of INH treated; ALT elevations >10 times ULN occurred in 1.3% of R/P vs 3.3% of INH treated; one “grade 4 hepatitis” in R/P versus 2 in INH treated).
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    (26 year old man with pulmonary tuberculosis treated with isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide, presented after 1 month with fever, rash and jaundice [bilirubin 8.5 mg/dL, ALT 2757 U/L], renal insufficiency and hepatic and multiorgan failure; died after 10 days; autopsy showed massive liver necrosis and acute renal tubular necrosis).
  • Meyers BR, Papanicolaou GA, Sheiner P, Emre S, Miller C. Tuberculosis in orthotopic liver transplant patients: increased toxicity of recommended agents; cure of disseminated infection with nonconventional regimens. Transplantation 2000; 69: 64-9. [PubMed: 10653382]
    (Toxicity was common in transplant patients treated for active tuberculosis using first line agents, but switching to second line agents was successful in treating the tuberculosis and well tolerated).
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fatal and severe hepatitis associated with rifampin and pyrazinamide for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection—New York and Georgia, 2000. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2001; 50: 289-91. [PubMed: 11330495]
    (First alert: initial report of 2 cases of severe hepatitis during 2 month regimen of rifampin and pyrazinamide for latent tuberculosis; 53 year old man developed ALT elevation [1734 U/L] 33 days after starting regimen followed by jaundice [bilirubin 17.8 mg/dL] and fatal hepatic failure; 59 year old woman developed symptoms at end of therapy with bilirubin 11.4 mg/dL, ALT 1735 U/L, ANA 1:640, treated with prednisone and recovered; in both cases ALT monitoring did not prevent severe hepatitis).
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Update: Fatal and severe liver injuries associated with rifampin and pyrazinamide for latent tuberculosis infection, and revisions in American Thoracic Society/CDC recommendations—United States, 2001. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2001; 50: 733-5. [PubMed: 11787580]
    (Second alert: during a 6 month period, 21 cases of liver injury were reported to the CDC associated with 2 month regimens of rifampin-pyrazinamide; 5 died of liver failure, ages 32-68 years, onset in 2nd month; recommended use of 9 months of isoniazid as standard regimen and need for close monitoring if rifampin-pyrazinamide is used).
  • de Maria A, Berardi M, Dignetti P, Ferrera L, Viassolo L, Canonica GW. Side effects of antituberculosis treatment. Thorax 2001; 56: 983. [PMC free article: PMC1745978] [PubMed: 11758512]
    (Letter arguing against use of fixed dose combination pills of pyrazinamide with isoniazid and rifampin because of the risk of hepatotoxicity and inability to adjust relative doses).
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    (Editorial in response to MMWR report on 21 cases of severe hepatotoxicity and 5 deaths due to the combination of rifampin and pyrazinamide).
  • Vu D, Macdonald L. Antitubercular drugs(isoniazid, rifampin and pyrazinamide): hepatobiliary reactions. CMAJ 2001; 165: 942-3, 946-7. [PubMed: 11599338]
    (Review of 420 reports to the Canadian Monitoring Program of hepatotoxicity of antituberculosis drugs identified 258 due to isoniazid alone with 7 deaths; 27 to rifampin alone with 1 death; 110 to isoniazid and rifampin with 6 deaths; 25 related to pyrazinamide alone or in combination with 3 cases of death or hepatic failure; advises biochemical monitoring for patients above the age of 35).
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    (News letter on the modification of the US guidelines on treatment of latent tuberculosis, recommending avoidance of rifampin/pyrazinamide regimens).
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    (Description of 45 patients with hepatotoxicity from antituberculosis therapy, ages 15-76 years, ALT 42-897 U/L, bilirubin 0.2-7.0 mg/dL, arising in 6-102 days, with resolution in 4-58 days. No recurrence in patients with gradual reintroduction of regimen without pyrazinamide compared to 6 cases [24%] in those with abrupt reintroduction).
  • Wada M. [Effectiveness and problems of PZA-containing 6-month regimen for the treatment of new pulmonary tuberculosis patients]. Kekkaku 2001; 76: 33-43. Japanese. [PubMed: 11211781]
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    (Among 17 persons given pyrazinamide and levofloxacin for latent tuberculosis after contact with multidrug resistant tuberculosis, adverse reactions were common, 5 [29%] had ALT elevations [peak 80-504 U/L]; all recovered after stopping).
  • Lee AM, Mennone JZ, Jones RC, Paul WS. Risk factors for hepatotoxicity associated with rifampin and pyrazinamide for the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection: experience from three public health tuberculosis clinics. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2002; 6: 995-1000. [PubMed: 12475146]
    (Among 148 patients with latent tuberculosis treated with rifampin/pyrazinamide, 14 [9.4%] had ALT elevations >5 times ULN, 12 were symptomatic [8%]; risk factors were female sex and recent infection).
  • Medinger A. Death associated with rifampin and pyrazinamide 2-month treatment of latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Chest 2002; 121: 1710-2. [PubMed: 12006469]
    (68 year old man developed jaundice at end of 2 month course of rifampin and pyrazinamide for latent tuberculosis [bilirubin 19.2 mg/dL, ALT 1930 U/L, Alk P 207 U/L], with liver failure and death within 3 days of presentation: Case 2).
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    (Letter in response to Medinger [2002] on need to report cases of hepatotoxicity of antituberculosis therapy to the CDC).
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Update: Fatal and severe liver injuries associated with rifampin and pyrazinamide treatment for latent tuberculosis infection. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2002; 51: 998-9. [PubMed: 12455909]
    (Third alert: 40 cases of severe hepatotoxicity [8 fatal] associated with rifampin/pyrazinamide therapy of latent tuberculosis reported to CDC; issued revised guidelines cautioning against use of this regimen and only with no preexisting liver disease or alcohol use, with ALT monitoring and provision of drugs in two week increments).
  • Jasmer RM, Saukkonen JJ, Blumberg HM, Daley CL, Bernardo J, Vittinghoff E, King MD, et al.; Short-Course Rifampin and pyrazinamide for Tuberculosis Infection(SCRIPT) Study Investigators. Short-course rifampin and pyrazinamide compared with isoniazid for latent tuberculosis infection: a multicenter clinical trial. Ann Intern Med 2002; 137: 640-7. [PubMed: 12379063]
    (Controlled trial of isoniazid [INH: 6 months] vs rifampin and pyrazinamide [RP: 2 months] in 589 patients with latent tuberculosis, similar completion rates [57% vs 61%]; ALT rose >5 times ULN in 1% on INH vs 7.7% on RP; none resulted in hospitalization or death; no mention of jaundice).
  • Ohkawa K, Hashiguchi M, Ohno K, Kiuchi C, Takahashi S, Kondo S, Echizen H, et al. Risk factors for antituberculous chemotherapy-induced hepatotoxicity in Japanese pediatric patients. Clin Pharmacol Ther 2002; 72: 220-6. [PubMed: 12189369]
    (Retrospective analysis of 99 children who received therapy for tuberculosis, 8 developed hepatotoxicity; risk factors identified were young age and pyrazinamide exposure).
  • Teleman MD, Chee CB, Earnest A, Wang YT. Hepatotoxicity of tuberculosis chemotherapy under general programme conditions in Singapore. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2002; 6: 699-705. [PubMed: 12150482]
    (Retrospective analysis of 1036 patients treated for active tuberculosis in Singapore during 1998 found 55 cases of liver injury [5.3%], 37 symptomatic [3.6%], 18 jaundiced [1.8%], 3 died [0.3%: all on pyrazinamide]; 48 able to restart therapy; risk factors were age >60 years and baseline liver test abnormalities).
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); American Thoracic Society. Update: adverse event data and revised American Thoracic Society/CDC recommendations against the use of rifampin and pyrazinamide for treatment of latent tuberculosis infection—United States, 2003. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2003; 52: 735-9. [PubMed: 12904741]
    (Fourth alert and issuing of recommendations against use of rifampin/pyrazinamide for latent tuberculosis; with this regimen, estimated rate of ALT elevations >5 times ULN was 2.6%, hospitalization for hepatitis 0.3% and death 0.09%).
  • American Thoracic Society; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Infectious Diseases Society of America. Treatment of tuberculosis. MMWR Recomm Rep 2003; 52 (RR-11): 1-77. [PubMed: 12836625]
    (Detailed recommendations on therapy of tuberculosis including drug regimens, side effects, monitoring and optimal approaches to follow up).
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    (37 year old man had AST elevations at end of 2 month course of rifampin/pyrazinamide, with levels rising thereafter to AST 2409 U/L and bilirubin 7.8 mg/dL and need for liver transplant 2 months later).
  • Nagayama N, Masuda K, Baba M, Tamura A, Nagai H, Akagawa S, Kawabe Y, et al. [Secular increase in the incidence rate of drug-induced hepatitis due to anti-tuberculosis chemotherapy including isoniazid and rifampicin]. Kekkaku 2003; 78: 339-46. Japanese. [PubMed: 12739393]
    (In Japan there was an apparent increase in rate of ALT elevations reported during isoniazid and rifampin therapy between the years 1980-83 [9%] and 1998-2000 [27%]).
  • Yee D, Valiquette C, Pelletier M, Parisien I, Rocher I, Menzies D. Incidence of serious side effects from first-line antituberculosis drugs among patients treated for active tuberculosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2003; 167: 1472-7. [PubMed: 12569078]
    (Among 408 adult patients treated for tuberculosis, 37 [9%] had 46 serious adverse events including 12 [3%] instances of hepatitis [ALT >5 times ULN]; risk factors were age [hazard ratio 4.8-7.7], female sex [2.2] and Asian birthplace [2.2]; hepatitis arose in 2% on pyrazinamide and 1% on isoniazid).
  • Mohan A, Sharma SK. Side effects of antituberculosis drugs. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2004; 169: 882-3. [PubMed: 15044223]
    (Letter in response to Yee [2003] requesting further information on doses and clinical features; reply by authors stating that high rate of hepatotoxicity in comparison to reports from India was not due to higher doses of pyrazinamide, but may have been partially due to patient age and diverse ethnic background of patients).
  • McNeill L, Allen M, Estrada C, Cook P. Pyrazinamide and rifampin vs isoniazid for the treatment of latent tuberculosis: improved completion rates but more hepatotoxicity. Chest 2003; 123: 102-6. [PubMed: 12527609]
    (Between 1999-2002, 110 patients were treated with pyrazinamide/rifampin [PR] for 2 months and 114 with isoniazid [INH] for 6 months for latent tuberculosis; completion rates were higher [71% vs 59%] as was hepatotoxicity [13% vs 4%] with PR than INH, and 2 patients had clinically apparent hepatitis [ALT 45-67 times ULN at 4 weeks] but both survived; after intensive monitoring, no further severe cases on PR ).
  • Stout JE, Engemann JJ, Cheng AC, Fortenberry ER, Hamilton CD. Safety of 2 months of rifampin and pyrazinamide for treatment of latent tuberculosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2003; 167: 824-7. PubMed Citation. [PubMed: 12446275]
    (Among 114 patients receiving 2 month course of rifampin/pyrazinamide, 67% completed therapy and 6 had hepatitis [5.3%] but all resolved; no hospitalizations or death).
  • Fernández-Villar A, Sopeña B, Fernández-Villar J, Vázquez-Gallardo R, Ulloa F, Leiro V, Mosteiro M, et al. The influence of risk factors on the severity of anti-tuberculosis drug-induced hepatotoxicity. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2004; 8: 1499-505. [PubMed: 15636498]
    (Among 471 patients receiving antituberculosis therapy, 56 [12%] developed ALT elevations >3 times ULN, 16 [3.4%] and symptoms and 5 [1%] were jaundiced; no deaths. Rates of hepatotoxicity higher in patients with risk factors than without [18.2% vs 5.6%]).
  • Jasmer RM, Snyder DC, Saukkonen JJ, Hopewell PC, Bernardo J, King MD, Kawamura LM, et al. Short-course rifampin and pyrazinamide compared with isoniazid for latent tuberculosis infection: a cost-effective analysis based on a multicenter clinical trial. Clin Infect Dis 2004; 38: 363-9. [PubMed: 14727206]
    (Cost effectiveness analysis of two regimens of therapy for latent tuberculosis, suggesting that isoniazid alone for 9 months is less expensive than a short course of rifampin and pyrazinamide and has similar long term efficacy [both regimens increased life expectancy by 1.2 years]).
  • Ijaz K, McElroy PD, Navin TR. Short-course rifampin and pyrazinamide compared with isoniazid for latent tuberculosis infection: a cost-effectiveness analysis based on a multicenter clinical trial. Clin Infect Dis 2004; 39: 289. [PubMed: 15307044]
    (Letter in response to Jasmer [2004], stressing the recommendation that rifampin and pyrazinamide not be used to treat latent tuberculosis, a 9 month course of isoniazid being safer and more cost effective).
  • Gordin FM, Cohn DL, Matts JP, Chaisson RE, O'Brien RJ; Terry Beirn Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS; Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hepatotoxicity of rifampin and pyrazinamide in the treatment of latent tuberculosis infection in HIV-infected persons: is it different than in HIV-uninfected persons? Clin Infect Dis 2004; 39: 561-5. [PubMed: 15356822]
    (Detailed reanalysis of results of randomized controlled trial comparing 12 months of isoniazid [INH] to 2 months of rifampin/pyrazinamide [RP] for latent tuberculosis in HIV infected patients; comparing INH to RP recipients, bilirubin >2.5 mg/dL occurred in 0.6% vs 1.8% and AST >250 U/L in 1.6% vs 2.1%, but no hospitalizations or deaths due to hepatotoxicity occurred in the trial; older age was only risk factor identified).
  • van Hest R, Baars H, Kik S, van Gerven P, Trompenaars MC, Kalisvaart N, Keizer S, et al. Hepatotoxicity of rifampin-pyrazinamide and isoniazid preventive therapy and tuberculosis treatment. Clin Infect Dis 2004; 39: 488-96. [PubMed: 15356811]
    (Retrospective analysis of patients starting preventive antituberculosis therapy; ALT elevations above 5 times ULN occurred in 8.4% of those receiving 2 months of rifampin/pyrazinamide vs 3.4% of those receiving 6 months of isoniazid).
  • Marra F, Cox VC, FitzGerald JM, Moadebi S, Elwood RK. Successful treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis following drug-induced hepatic necrosis requiring liver transplant. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2004; 8: 905-9. [PubMed: 15260286]
    (Patient with tuberculous lymphadenitis was treated with isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide and was switched to ciprofloxacin with pyrazinamide and ethambutol when resistance testing was done; four days later she developed fever, rash and fatigue [bilirubin normal, ALT 285 U/L, Alk P normal], but then worsened [bilirubin 15.2 mg/dL, ALT 1165 U/L, Alk P 141 U/L], ultimately requiring liver transplant; she was later treated successfully with levofloxacin, amikacin and streptomycin).
  • Campos-Franco J, Gonzalez-Quintela A, Alende-Sixto MR. Isoniazid-induced hyperacute liver failure in a young patient receiving carbamazepine. Eur J Intern Med 2004; 15: 396-7. PubMed Citation. [PubMed: 15522577]
    (16 year old girl on long term carbamazepine and clobazam with ileocecal tuberculosis developed hepatitis and drowsiness with tremor, 5 days after starting isoniazid, rifampin and pyrazinamide [bilirubin 3.2 mg/dL, ALT 658 U/L, prothrombin index 12%], resolving spontaneously despite continuing anticonvulsants and later tolerating reintroduction of rifampin and pyrazinamide).
  • Sharma SK. Antituberculosis drugs and hepatotoxicity. Infect Genet Evol 2004; 4: 167-70. [PubMed: 15157635]
    (Review of hepatotoxicity of isoniazid, rifampin and pyrazinamide with focus on role of acetylator status).
  • Kandula NR, Dworkin MS, Carroll MR, Lauderdale DS. Tuberculosis prevention in Mexican immigrants: limitations of short-course therapy. Am J Prev Med 2004; 26: 163-6. [PubMed: 14751331]
    (Among 34 immigrants and contacts of a patient with multidrug resistant tuberculosis treated with rifampin/pyrazinamide, 1 of 11 children [9%] and 4 of 23 adults [17%] developed hepatotoxicity [ALT 165-547 U/L] after 10-53 days; all recovered and were able to finish 4 months of rifampin; points out impracticality of biochemical monitoring in immigrant population).
  • McElroy PD, Ijaz K, Lambert LA, Jereb JA, Iademarco MF, Castro KG, Navin TR. National survey to measure rates of liver injury, hospitalization, and death associated with rifampin and pyrazinamide for latent tuberculosis infection. Clin Infect Dis 2005; 41: 1125-33. [PubMed: 16163632]
    (Survey of 110 health care programs using the 2 month rifampin/pyrazinamide regimen for latent tuberculosis in 8087 patients between 2000-2; ALT elevations >5 times ULN occurred in 2.4% and hepatitis in 1.9% with 23 hospitalizations and 7 deaths [0.1%] due to acute liver injury; higher than historical rates with isoniazid).
  • Cook PP. Rifampin and pyrazinamide for treatment of latent tuberculosis infection. Clin Infect Dis 2006; 42: 892; author reply 892-3. [PubMed: 16477576]
    (Letter in response to McElroy [2005] questioning use of ALT for AST values used to define hepatotoxicity rates; reply by authors suggesting use of “AT” to indicate both enzymes).
  • Younossian AB, Rochat T, Ketterer JP, Wacker J, Janssens JP. High hepatotoxicity of pyrazinamide and ethambutol for treatment of latent tuberculosis. Eur Respir J 2005; 26: 462-4. [PubMed: 16135729]
    (Among 12 persons treated with pyrazinamide and ethambutol for latent tuberculosis and contact with a patient with multidrug resistant disease, 7 developed liver injury [ALT 82-1338 U/L], after 87-247 days, 3 with symptoms, no mention of bilirubin levels).
  • Potolidis E, Mantadakis E, Zeniodi MH, Samonis G. Rifampin plus pyrazinamide-induced hepatitis requiring hospitalization in a 30-y-old male with latent tuberculosis. Scand J Infect Dis 2005; 37: 155-7. [PubMed: 15773037]
    (30 year old man developed nausea and dehydration 6 weeks after starting rifampin and pyrazinamide for latent tuberculosis [bilirubin normal, ALT “in the range of 600 to 2000” U/L], resolving within 3 weeks of stopping).
  • Lee BH, Koh WJ, Choi MS, Suh GY, Chung MP, Kim H, Kwon OJ. Inactive hepatitis B surface antigen carrier state and hepatotoxicity during antituberculosis chemotherapy. Chest 2005; 127: 1304-11. [PubMed: 15821209]
    (Retrospective case control study of 110 HBsAg carriers and 97 controls from Korea who received 3-4 drug antituberculosis therapy; any ALT elevations occurred in 34% of carriers vs 20% of controls and were >3 times ULN in 8% vs 4%; no risk factors identified, most tolerated reintroduction of therapy without pyrazinamide).
  • Lobato MN, Reves RR, Jasmer RM, Grabau JC, Bock NN, Shang N; 2RZ Study Group. Adverse events and treatment completion for latent tuberculosis in jail inmates and homeless persons. Chest 2005; 127: 1296-303. [PubMed: 15821208]
    (Analysis of 2 month course of rifampin and pyrazinamide in jail and homeless populations found ALT elevations >5 times ULN in 6% of patients, one of whom died of acute liver failure, risk factors were older age and baseline ALT levels).
  • Idilman R, Ersoz S, Coban S, Kumbasar O, Bozkaya H. Antituberculous therapy-induced fulminant hepatic failure: successful treatment with liver transplantation and nonstandard antituberculous therapy. Liver Transpl 2006; 12: 1427-30. PubMed Citation. [PubMed: 16933231]
    (19 year old woman with peritoneal tuberculosis developed jaundice 4 days after starting isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide [bilirubin 10.5 mg/dL, ALT 1332 U/L, protime 71 sec], undergoing living donor liver transplantation within 2 days and afterwards treated with streptomycin, ethambutol and cycloserine with no recurrence).
  • Yew WW, Leung CC. Antituberculosis drugs and hepatotoxicity. Respirology 2006: 11: 699-707. [PubMed: 17052297]
    (Review of incidence, causes, risk factors and management of hepatotoxicity of antituberculosis medications).
  • Senaratne WV, Pinidiyapathirage MJ, Perera GA, Wickremasinghe AR. Anti-tuberculosis drug induced hepatitis – a Sri Lankan experience. Ceylon Med J 2006; 51: 9-14. [PubMed: 16898030]
    (Among 783 patients treated for active tuberculosis, 9.5% developed hepatitis; major risk factor being older age).
  • Cook PP, Maldonado RA, Yarnell CT, Holbert D. Safety and completion rate of short-course therapy for treatment of latent tuberculosis infection. Clin Infect Dis 2006; 43: 271-5. [PubMed: 16804838]
    (Retrospective analysis of 459 patients treated in public health departments for latent tuberculosis; completion rates were 78% for 2 months of rifampin/pyrazinamide vs 66% for 9 months of isoniazid; any ALT elevations in 18% vs 11%; ALT >5 times ULN in 6% vs 2%; no deaths).
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