End-stage liver disease developing with the use of methotrexate in heterozygous alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency.


We report a case of cirrhosis developing in a man who was heterozygous for alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency and who was receiving methotrexate for severe rheumatoid arthritis. The alpha 1-antitrypsin phenotype PiMZ has been associated with cryptogenic cirrhosis. Our patient had no biochemical or histologic evidence of chronic liver disease during the first… (More)