[Toxic hepatitis from cinchophen: report of 3 cases]

Med Clin (Barc). 1991 Jun 15;97(3):104-6.
[Article in Spanish]


Three cases of hepatic toxicity due to cincophen (a uricosuric drug used for the treatment of gout) are reported. The three patients were females aged 57, 60 and 67 years, respectively, who were treated with cincophen because of renoureteral urate stones. The mean dose was 300 mg/day for a mean duration of 3-4 months before the hepatotoxic features first developed. Cincophen induces hepatic necrosis through a hypersensitivity or metabolic idiosyncrasy mechanism with histologic abnormalities similar to those due to isoniazid, anticonvulsants, halothane and methyldopa. In two patients the disease presented as acute hepatitis. One had severe hepatic failure and died. Cincophen had been widely used in Europe and severe hepatotoxicity reactions have been reported since then (with a mortality rate of about 50%). It is still commercially available in Spain in two preparations as lithium cincophenate and piperacine. The present study has the aim of recalling the severe problems associated with cincophen hepatotoxicity, so that new cases can be prevented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chemical and Drug Induced Liver Injury / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Quinolines / adverse effects*
  • Spain
  • Urinary Calculi / drug therapy


  • Quinolines