Genetic variation linked to drug-induced liver damage in some patients

21st February 2017

Scientists have discovered an uncommon genetic variation that may identify patients with a higher risk of liver damage associated with a range of commonly-prescribed medications.

The study, published in the journal Gastroenterology, has been led by academics at the universities of Nottingham and Newcastle in collaboration with a group of scientists in the US.

The results could lead to new advances in patient care, where doctors could tailor drug prescription to an individual based on their genetic make-up to reduce the risk of liver injury in the future.

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