Celecoxib-induced cholestatic liver failure requiring orthotopic liver transplantation

Ihab I. El Hajj, Shahid M. Malik, Hany R. Alwakeel, Obaid S. Shaikh, Eizaburo Sasatomi, Hossam M. Kandil

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Selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors are widely used due to their efficacy and good safety profile. However, recent case reports have described varying degrees of liver injuries associated with the use of COX-2 inhibitors. We report the case of a patient who developed acute cholestatic hepatitis progressing to hepatic failure requiring liver transplantation, following a 3-d course of celecoxib for treatment of generalized muscle aches and pains. The clinical presentation, the laboratory data, as well as the liver histopathology were supportive of the putative diagnosis of drug induced liver injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3937-3939
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number31
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Celecoxib
  • Cholestatic hepatitis
  • Liver failure
  • Liver transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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