Hepatocellular injury in a patient receiving rosiglitazone. A case report

Ann Intern Med. 2000 Jan 18;132(2):121-4. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-2-200001180-00006.


Background: Rosiglitazone maleate (Avandia, SmithKline Beecham, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a new oral hypoglycemic agent approved for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It acts primarily by increasing insulin sensitivity. In controlled trials, there has been no evidence of rosiglitazone-induced hepatocellular injury.

Objective: To report a case of hepatocellular injury in a patient receiving rosiglitazone.

Design: Case report.

Setting: Community teaching hospital.

Patient: 61-year-old man receiving rosiglitazone, 4 mg/d for 2 weeks.

Intervention: Discontinuation of rosiglitazone therapy.

Measurements: Clinical evaluation and assessment of liver function test results were done daily during hospitalization and periodically after discharge. The outpatient record was also reviewed.

Results: After receiving rosiglitazone for 2 weeks, the patient presented with anorexia, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Liver function tests revealed severe hepatocellular injury. Discontinuation of rosiglitazone therapy led to rapid improvement of liver function and resolution of symptoms.

Conclusion: Rosiglitazone may be associated with hepatocellular injury. We believe that patients receiving rosiglitazone should have liver enzyme levels monitored earlier and more frequently than initially recommended.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Chemical and Drug Induced Liver Injury / diagnosis
  • Chemical and Drug Induced Liver Injury / etiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Liver / enzymology
  • Liver Function Tests
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Rosiglitazone
  • Thiazoles / adverse effects*
  • Thiazolidinediones*


  • Hypoglycemic Agents
  • Thiazoles
  • Thiazolidinediones
  • Rosiglitazone