Background: Etiology of and outcomes following idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI) vary geographically. We conducted a prospective study of DILI in India, from 2013 to 2018 and summarize the causes, clinical features, outcomes and predictors of mortality. Methods: We enrolled patients with DILI using international DILI expert working group criteria and Roussel Uclaf causality assessment method. Follow-up was up to 3 months from onset of DILI or until death. Multivariate logistics regression was carried out to determine predictors of non-survival. Results: Among 1288 patients with idiosyncratic DILI, 51.4% were male, 68% developed jaundice, 68% required hospitalization and 8.2% had co-existing HIV infection. Concomitant features of skin reaction, ascites, and encephalopathy (HE) were seen in 19.5%, 16.4%, and 10% respectively. 32.4% had severe disease. Mean MELD score at presentation was 18.8 ± 8.8. Overall mortality was 12.3%; 65% in those with HE, 17.6% in patients who fulfilled Hy's law, and 16.6% in those that developed jaundice. Combination anti-TB drugs (ATD) 46.4%, complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) 13.9%, anti-epileptic drugs (AED) 8.1%, non-ATD antimicrobials 6.5%, anti-metabolites 3.8%, anti-retroviral drugs (ART)3.5%, NSAID2.6%, hormones 2.5%, and statins 1.4% were the top 9 causes. Univariate analysis identified, ascites, HE, serum albumin, bilirubin, creatinine, INR, MELD score (p < 0.001), transaminases (p < 0.04), and anti-TB drugs (p = 0.02) as predictors of non-survival. Only serum creatinine (p = 0.017), INR (p < 0.001), HE (p < 0.001), and ascites (p = 0.008), were significantly associated with mortality on multivariate analysis. ROC yielded a C-statistic of 0.811 for MELD and 0.892 for combination of serum creatinine, INR, ascites and HE. More than 50 different agents were associated with DILI. Mortality varied by drug class: 15% with ATD, 13.6% with CAM, 15.5% with AED, 5.8% with antibiotics. Conclusion: In India, ATD, CAM, AED, anti-metabolites and ART account for the majority of cases of DILI. The 3-month mortality was approximately 12%. Hy's law, presence of jaundice or MELD were predictors of mortality.
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