, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 706-712

Epstein-Barr virus infection resembling autoimmune hepatitis with lactate dehydrogenase and alkaline phosphatase anomaly

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A 73-year-old man had fever, lymphadenopathy, granulocytopenia, thrombocytopenia, ascites, pleural effusion, liver injury, and an allergic-like skin rash. Autoantibodies, such as anti-nuclear antibody, were shown, and there were lactate dehydrogenase and alkaline phosphatase anomalies and platelet-associated IgG. His liver injury resembled that in autoimmune hepatitis. He was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection associated with autoimmunization because of his clinical course, fluctuation of anti EBV antibodies and positive EBV genome in circulating lymphocytes and serum. This case suggests a close relationship between EBV infection and autoimmunization or autoimmune-like hepatitis.

Received: October 16, 1998 / Accepted: June 25, 1999