Eltrombopag-Induced Acute Liver Failure in a Pediatric Patient: A Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacogenetic Analysis

Marco Marano, Jessica Serafinelli, Sara Cairoli, Diego Martinelli, Mara Pisani, Giuseppe Palumbo, Maria G Cefalo, Corrado Cecchetti, Matteo Di Nardo, Felicia S Falvella, Bianca M Goffredo

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Eltrombopag is an oral thrombopoietin receptor agonist approved for the treatment of patients with chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), who are more than 1 year old, and show poor response to first-line therapy. ITP is a hematological disorder characterized by isolated thrombocytopenia in the absence of secondary causes or disorders. Eltrombopag is generally well tolerated in the pediatric population; therefore, therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) is not usually performed in clinical practice.We presented the case study of a 3-year-old girl with chronic ITP. She arrived in the pediatric intensive care unit with acute liver failure due to eltrombopag toxicity despite taking the standard drug dosage. A very high eltrombopag plasma concentration, indicating drug toxicity, was found through TDM. The patient also carried the allelic variations that are involved in drug metabolism [CYP2C8 and UDP glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 1A1 (UGT1A1)] and drug cellular transportation [ABCG2 (ATP-binding cassette G2)]. This observation highlights the importance of using TDM and pharmacogenetic approaches to manage patients' unusual complications associated with standard pharmacological treatment regimens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-388
Number of pages3
JournalTherapeutic Drug Monitoring
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


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