Hepatotoxicity of methotrexate (MTX) therapy was studied in 22 patients. During intensive MTX therapy, values for SGOT, SGPT, LDH and BSP were 140 μ, 315 μ, 753 μ and 13% with control values of 13.5 μ, 20.5 μ, 379 μ and 4%, respectively. During intermittent therapy these values were 50 μ, 110 μ, 544 μ and 10% with controls of 13 μ, 15 μ, 355 μ and 3%. Other liver function tests remained normal. After cessation of intermittent therapy, recovery occurred in one month. Liver biopsies revealed a chronic portal inflammatory reaction in 7/10. Methotrexate can be used in nonmalignant disorders provided that careful control of its toxic side effects is maintained.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Apr 1966|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research