Prospective evaluation of liver function tests in patients treated with aminoglycosides

F. Mor, L. Leibovici, O. Cohen, A. J. Wysenbeek

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Abstract

We investigated the relationship between therapy with aminoglycoside antibiotics and alterations in serum liver enzymes and bilirubin. One hundred fourteen patients treated with aminoglycosides and 96 treated with other antibiotics were assessed prospectively during eight days. No elevation in serum alanine aminotransferase, lactic dehydrogenase, or bilirubin was detected in the aminoglycoside and control groups. Alkaline phosphatase increased significantly in the aminoglycoside group (average elevation of 28 ± 16 units/L on day 6), but no patient had an elevation greater than twice the upper limit of the normal range. We conclude that the abnormality in liver enzymes during aminoglycoside therapy is a mild elevation in alkaline phosphatase, probably with no clinical significance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-137
Number of pages3
JournalDICP, Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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