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Peliosis hepatis induced by 6-thioguanine administration.
  1. D Larrey,
  2. E Fréneaux,
  3. A Berson,
  4. G Babany,
  5. C Degott,
  6. D Valla,
  7. D Pessayre,
  8. J P Benhamou
  1. Unit157e de Recherches de Physiopathologie Hépatique (INSERM U 24), Hôpital Beaujon, Clichy, France.


    A patient with acute myeloblastic leukaemia developed jaundice revealing peliosis hepatis after receiving 6-thioguanine for two months. Peliosis hepatis was severe and was associated with mild lesions of centrilobular veins. Withdrawal of 6-thioguanine was followed by a progressive improvement of liver dysfunction. This report shows that 6-thioguanine, a thiopurine already reported to be responsible for veno-occlusive disease of the liver, can induce peliosis hepatis. This suggests that some liver vascular disorders caused by thiopurines (6-thioguanine, azathioprine and 6-mercaptopurine), particularly peliosis hepatis, veno-occlusive disease, sinusoidal dilatation and perisinusoidal fibrosis, might be related syndromes caused by similar lesions at different sites.

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