Case of severe alcoholic hepatitis treated with granulocytapheresis

World J Clin Cases. 2016 Nov 16;4(11):369-374. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v4.i11.369.


Severe alcoholic hepatitis (AH) has a high mortality, and it is associated with encephalopathy, acute renal failure, sepsis, gastrointestinal bleeding, and endotoxemia. The 28-d mortality remains poor (34%-40%), because no effective treatment has been established. Recently, corticosteroids (CS) have been considered effective for significantly improving the prognosis of those with AH, as it prevents the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. However, CS are not always appropriate as an initial therapeutic option, such as in cases with an infection or resistance to CS. We describe a patient with severe AH complicated by a severe infection caused by the multidrug resistance bacteria (Pseudomonas aeruginosa), and was successfully treated with granulocytapheresis monotherapy without using CS. The experience of this case will provide understanding of the disease and information treating cases without using CS.

Keywords: Alcoholic; Alcoholic hepatitis; Apheresis; Case reports; Hepatitis.

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  • Case Reports