Cholestasis induced by parabolan successfully treated with the molecular adsorbent recirculating system / Jacek Sein Anand, Zygmunt Chodorowski, Adam Hajduk, Wojciech Waldman. - (ASAIO Journal 52 (2006) 1 (January-February); p. 117-118)
- PMID: 16436902
- DOI: 10.1097/01.mat.0000196712.32953.21
We describe a case of a 21-year-old male bodybuilder who overdosed on Parabolan (trenbolone acetate) because of its anabolic activity. The patient, with no previous medical history, experienced pruritus and yellow discoloration of the skin and sclerae. Basic biochemical laboratory examination revealed signs of cholestasis with a serum bilirubin level of up to 65.5 mg/dl. Because supportive medical treatment was ineffective, the patient was treated with the molecular adsorbent recirculating system (MARS). Five MARS cycles lasting from 8 to 12 hours were performed every second day. The procedure was well tolerated by the patient and resulted in a sustained relief of pruritus. At the 2-month follow-up visit the plasma bilirubin level had decreased to 2 mg/dl.