Ipilimumab-associated cholestatic hepatitis: a case report and literature review

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Abstract

Ipilimumab is a monoclonal antibody that exerts its effects by inhibiting the cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 receptor on cytotoxic T lymphocytes. It is frequently used for the treatment of unresectable or metastatic melanoma. Ipilimumab may lead to several immune-related disease including colitis, thyroiditis, pneumonia, hepatitis, or pancreatitis as a side effect. Limited number of cases with hepatic damage as an ipilimumab-related adverse event has been reported in the literature. This agent has been implicated in causing acute hepatitis-like liver injury. Here, we presented a case in which cholestatic hepatitis developed during ipilimumab use for the treatment of metastatic melanoma.

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