Albumin dialysis with MARS for the treatment of anabolic steroid-induced cholestasis.


 Background and aims. Steroid-related hepatotoxicity has become one of the most relevant causes of drug induced liver cholestasis. Some patients do not improve after standard medical treatment (SMT) and may therefore require other approaches, like extracorporeal liver support. MATERIAL AND METHODS We report four cases of patients with pruritus, abnormal liver function tests and biopsy-proven anabolic steroid-induced cholestasis who were unresponsive to SMT. They underwent treatment with albumin dialysis (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System -MARS®-). A minimum of two MARS sessions were performed. RESULTS After MARS® procedure, patients' symptoms improved, as well as liver function tests, thus avoiding liver transplantation. CONCLUSION Albumin dialysis appears as a valuable therapeutic option for the management of anabolic steroid-induced cholestasis in patients that are unresponsive to SMT.

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@article{Daz2016AD, title={ Albumin dialysis with MARS for the treatment of anabolic steroid-induced cholestasis.}, author={Francia C D{\'i}az and Esteban S{\'a}ez-Gonz{\'a}lez and Salvador Benlloch and Diego {\'A}lvarez-Sotomayor and Isabel Sastre Conde and Bego{\~n}a Polo and Mar{\'i}a Jos{\'e} Garc{\'i}a and Mar{\'i}a Victoria Gonz{\'a}lez Rodr{\'i}guez and Mart{\'i}n Prieto}, journal={Annals of hepatology}, year={2016}, volume={15 6}, pages={939-943} }