A Psoriasis Case Report on Liver Damage Related to Scutellaria Radix

황금(黃芩)으로 인한 간손상으로 판단되는 건선 환자 1례 보고

  • Lee, Ki-Hoon (Gang-nam Dong-yak Oriental Medical Clinic) ;
  • Yang, Ji-Eun (Gang-nam Dong-yak Oriental Medical Clinic) ;
  • Chang, Gyu-Tae (Department of Pediatrics. College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University)
  • 이기훈 (강남동약한의원) ;
  • 양지은 (강남동약한의원) ;
  • 장규태 (경희대학교 한의과대학 소아과학교실)
  • Received : 2011.03.31
  • Accepted : 2011.06.01
  • Published : 2011.07.30

Abstract

Object: Any medication can have the risk of liver damage. To prevent this risk, liver function tests should be monitored carefully during every course of medication. This paper is a psoriasis case report on liver damage related to Scutellaria Radix medication. Shown by this case, herbal medicine has the possibility of liver damage, too. Therefore it should be carefully used under the direction of Oriental Medical Doctors who specialize in it. The purpose of this case report is to suggest this, and that more cases of liver damage related to herbal medicine should be reported. Methods: To monitor the medication's effect on the liver, liver function was evaluated during medications. Reflotron plus was used to evaluate AST and ALT by analyzing peripheral blood. Results: By this test, a case was identified as liver damage caused by a medication including Scutellaria Radix. Conclusion: This case suggests that Scutellaria Radix medication caused liver damage in a certain patient. Therefore, to prevent liver damage related to Scutellaria Radix, doctors should monitor patient's liver function regularly.

동일한 처방을 투여해도 환자에 따라 정상반응을 보이는 경우가 있고 과민반응을 보이는 경우가 있다. 이 경우는 한약 자체의 문제라기보다는 특정 약물이 환자에 몸속에서 과민하게 반응하는 것으로 보인다. 만약 특정 약물에 과민 반응이 있다면 이것은 한의사의 책임이라기보다는 환자의 특이한 신체 조건에 기인한다라는 것을 환자에게 충분히 인지시킨후, 과민반응을 유발하는 약물을 제거하고 처방할 필요가 있다고 본다. 또한 일부 환자에게 과민반응을 일으키는 약물이 어느 정도가 있고, 얼마 동안 복용해야 과민반응을 보이는지에 관한 부분이 좀 더 정리가 된다면 한약의 장기 복용시 간손상에 관한 부분이 크게 문제가 되지 않을 것으로 본다. 이것은 한약이 절대로 부작용이 없는 약이 아니라 특정한 사람에게는 부작용을 일으킬 수 있다는 것을 환자에게 각인시키는 계기가 될 것이며, 이는 한약을 한약의 전문가인 한의사만 다룰 수 있도록 해야 하는 근거가 되는 한 예로 작용할 것으로 보인다. 또한 한의사도 간수치 측정 기기와 같은 이화학적 의료 기기에 대한 사용권을 확보하여 수가를 받음으로서 약물의 안정성과 환자로부터 신뢰를 얻는데 노력을 경주하여야 할 것으로 보인다.

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