The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2021 , Vol 63 , Num 2
Aspirin-induced hepatotoxicity and anemia in children with acute rheumatic fever
Derya Altay 1 ,Özge Pamukçu 2 ,Ali Baykan 2 ,Kazım Üzüm 2 ,Duran Arslan 1
1 Departments of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Erciyes University Faculty of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey
2 Departments of Pediatric Cardiology, Erciyes University Faculty of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey
DOI : 10.24953/turkjped.2021.02.002 Background. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of anemia and hepatotoxicity associated with aspirin use in patients with acute rheumatic fever.

Methods. Patients with acute rheumatic fever followed at Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pediatric Cardiology between 2015-2018 were reviewed retrospectively.

Results. A total of 286 patients with acute rheumatic fever were analysed. Aspirin treatment was started in 53 of the 286 patients (18.5%) due to arthritis. The mean age of the patients who used aspirin was 10.7 ± 2.5 years. Aspirin-induced hepatotoxicity developed in 9 (17%) of the 53 patients. Naproxen or ibuprofen was given to these patients as an alternative to aspirin. No side effects occurred in patients receiving naproxen or ibuprofen. In addition, 30% of 53 patients were initially anemic. The mean duration of aspirin use in the hepatotoxic patients who had anemia was longer than patients without anemia (p=0.02).

Conclusions. Patients with acute rheumatic fever should be closely monitored for aspirin hepatotoxicity. When aspirin hepatotoxicity develops, naproxen or ibuprofen treatment can be used safely. Keywords : acute rheumatic fever, arthritis, aspirin, aminotransferase elevation

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