Olivia Veit, Bernhard Beck, Michael Steuerwald, Christoph Hatz

PMID: 16682062 DOI: 10.1016/j.trstmh.2006.02.003


Loiasis, caused by the filarial parasite Loa loa, is endemic in West and Central Africa. Ivermectin has been shown to be an effective treatment of loiasis. We report the case of a 20-year-old woman originally from Cameroon who was infected by the L. loa parasite and developed severe hepatitis, identified 1 month after a single dose of ivermectin. Liver biopsy showed intralobular inflammatory infiltrates, confluent necrosis and apoptosis, compatible with drug-induced liver disease. To our knowledge, this is the first case of ivermectin-induced severe liver disease published in the literature.

Keywords: Antiparasitic Agents, Ivermectin