Drug-Induced Liver Injury

  • Bing Ren
  • Arief A. SuriawinataEmail author
  • Masaki Iwai


Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) includes a wide range of responses following exposure to any manufactured or naturally occurring chemical compounds. DILI is a significant concern due to the increasing numbers of approved new drugs and new herbals and dietary supplements on the market. Diagnosis of DILI is challenging because no clinical, laboratory, or histologic features are specific to DILI. Accurate diagnosis requires understanding the mechanism and biochemical profiles of DILI and recognizing the histologic patterns of liver injury. The pathologist plays an essential role in the evaluation of DILI by interpreting the histologic findings and correlating with patients’ medical history and drug exposure, and by helping clinicians to confirm or rule out the drug effect or raise alternative causes for liver injury.


Drug-induced liver injury Drug-induced hepatitis Cholestatic hepatitis 



Autoimmune hepatitis


Alkaline phosphatase


Alanine aminotransferase


Aspartate aminotransferase


Drug-induced autoimmune hepatitis


Drug-induced liver injury


Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network




Herbal and dietary supplements


Total bilirubin


Upper limit of normal


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New HampshireUSA
  2. 2.KyotoJapan

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