Abstract Title:

[D-penicillamine--side effects, pathogenesis and decreasing the risks].

Abstract Source:

Z Rheumatol. 1988 ;47 Suppl 1:17-9. PMID: 3063003

Abstract Author(s):

K Grasedyck

Article Affiliation:

Med. Kernklinik und Poliklinik der Universität Hamburg.


D-penicillamine (DPA) leads to side effects in different ways: collagen and elastin crosslinking are inhibited, which results in thin and vulnerable skin, cutis laxa, elastosis perforans serpiginosa, wound healing defects and embryopathy. Toxic influences effect thrombo- and leukocytopenia (incidence 5-15%), gastrointestinal disturbances (10-30%), changes or loss of taste (5-30%), loss of hair (1-2%), and partly proteinuria (5-20%). Acute hypersensitive reactions include DPA-allergy (2-10%). Severe adverse effects are autoimmune phenomena such as pemphigus, DPA-induced lupus erythematosus, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, membranous glomerulopathy and hypersensitivity pneumonitis (like Good-pasture's syndrome) and myasthenia (all less than 1%). In addition there are a number of rare side effects, often single observations. Risk factors include a genetic disposition (especially HLA-B8 and -DR3), poor sulphoxidizers and, to a certain degree, higher age. During pregnancy and in clinically relevant disturbances of bone marrow, liver and renal function DPA is contraindicated. The total incidence of side effects amounts to 30-60%, the withdrawal rate is 20-30%; therefore clear indications and a regular survey of DPA therapy are necessary.

Study Type : Human Study
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Problem Substances : Penicillamine : CK(10) : AC(1)

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