Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid is perhaps the most commonly used analgesic and antipyretic medication worldwide, having been in clinical use for over 100 years. Aspirin can cause several forms of liver injury: in high doses, aspirin can cause moderate to marked serum aminotransferase elevations occasionally with jaundice or signs of liver dysfunction, and in lower doses in susceptible children with a febrile illness aspirin can lead to Reye syndrome.


Aspirin is a salicylate, but technically is also a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID). Like the NSAIDs, salicylates are inhibitors of tissue cyclooxygenases (Cox-1 and -2) which cause a decrease in synthesis of proinflammatory prostaglandins, potent mediators of pain and inflammation. In distinction to other NSAIDs, however, aspirin is a noncompetitive and irreversible inhibitor of Cox-1, so that its effects are longer lasting and less easily reversed than those of typical NSAIDs. Aspirin has potent effects in inhibiting platelet function that lasts for the lifetime of the platelet. Aspirin’s potent and lasting effects on Cox-1 in gastric epithelial cells account for its frequent gastric side effects and association with peptic ulcer disease and gastrointestinal bleeding. Aspirin is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate pain from headaches, colds, arthritis, menstrual periods, toothaches and joint and muscle aches caused by trauma, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis. Higher, more continuous doses of aspirin are effective in therapy of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, acute rheumatic fever and Kawasaki disease. Aspirin has antipyretic effects and can be used for management of fever, but should not be used in children or adolescents because of its potential to cause Reye syndrome. In low daily doses (81 mg), aspirin is used to decrease the risk of coronary and cerebrovascular disease and reocclusion after coronary revascularization or stent placement. Aspirin became clinically available in the United States in the early part of the 20th century and is currently widely used as an over-the-counter medication. It is available in multiple generic formulations, either alone or in combination with other pain relievers, antacids, or cough and cold medications. Aspirin is typically taken in doses of 330 to 660 mg every 4 to 6 hours. The dose used for antiplatelet effects in prevention of complications of atherosclerosis is 81 mg once daily. Common brand names for aspirin alone or in combination with other agents include Bayer’s Aspirin, Alka Seltzer, Anacin, Ascriptin, Aspergum, BC Powder, Bufferin, Ecotrin, Excedrin and Stanback.


Patients on long term, moderate-to-high dose aspirin therapy frequently have elevations in serum ALT levels. With high doses, ALT elevations are common and can be marked and associated with mild increases in alkaline phosphatase and bilirubin. The more dramatic examples of aspirin hepatotoxicity usually occur with doses of 1,800 to 3,200 mg daily (>100 mg/kg) and with salicylate levels of greater than 25 mg/dL, but mild-to-moderate ALT elevations occur with even lower doses and lower serum levels. These abnormalities resolve rapidly with discontinuation of aspirin, but instances of resolution despite continuation of aspirin in the same or lower doses (adaptation) have also been described. The hepatotoxicity of aspirin is usually mild and asymptomatic, although with higher doses symptoms of nausea, anorexia and abdominal pain and even encephalopathy with signs of hepatic dysfunction (hyperammonemia and coagulopathy) can occur. Bilirubin elevations are usually mild or absent. Mild eosinophilia may accompany the enzyme elevations, but rash, fever and other allergic manifestations are rare. Liver biopsy histology generally shows minimal injury despite the height of the enzyme elevations; electron microscopy may reveal fat and mitochondrial abnormalities. Aspirin can often be continued in lower doses safely.

Likelihood score: A[HD] (well known cause of clinically apparent liver injury when given in high doses).

Reye Syndrome

A special form of aspirin hepatotoxicity is Reye Syndrome, the development of lactic acidosis, microvesicular fat and hepatic dysfunction with encephalopathy and coma. Serum aminotransferase levels are usually markedly increased while serum bilirubin is minimally or only moderated elevated despite signs of hepatic failure such as hyperammonemia and encephalopathy. Reye syndrome usually occurs in children or young adults developing a few days to a week after a prodromal febrile illness, typically influenza B or varicella. It is often rapidly fatal, but in milder cases recovery is rapid. Reye syndrome was first reported in Australia in 1963, but subsequently was reported from around the world with increasing frequency and peaking in incidence in the 1970s and 1980s. Subsequently, case reports followed by careful epidemiological surveys linked the occurrence of Reye syndrome to receipt of aspirin during the prodromal viral illness. With medical recognition of this association, followed by wide scale public warnings, the use of aspirin in children with fever decreased markedly and the frequency of Reye syndrome fell dramatically. In the United States, reported cases of Reye syndrome fell from more than 500 cases per year before 1986 to less 2 cases per year thereafter. Occasional rare case reports of Reye syndrome still appear. Reye syndrome can also occur in adults.

Mechanism of Injury

The association of hepatotoxicity with use of high doses of aspirin, short latency and linkage to high serum levels of salicylates suggest that aspirin is a direct, intrinsic hepatotoxin. Patients with severe hepatic reactions to aspirin can safely take acetaminophen or other NSAIDs, and usually tolerate lower doses of aspirin without problems. In the case of Reye syndrome, aspirin has been shown to inhibit mitochondrial function and the combination of a systemic viral illness with drug induced mitochondrial dysfunction is thought to underlie the pathogenesis of Reye syndrome. Other drugs that inhibit mitochondrial function (amiodarone, valproate, nucleoside analogues) can cause a similar clinical syndrome. The mitochondrial failure is manifested by Lactic Acidosis, acute microvesicular Steatosis and Hepatic dysfunction (LASH).

Outcome and Management

Liver injury from high doses of aspirin is usually mild and self-limited. Symptoms attributable to liver injury (as opposed to the other side effects of aspirin itself) are common but generally nonspecific and mild. Typically, ALT elevations fall to normal within days of stopping. No convincing cases of acute liver failure or chronic liver injury or chronic vanishing bile duct syndrome due to aspirin have been published. Reye syndrome induced by aspirin, on the other hand, is a serious and potentially life threatening condition that should be managed with emergency intensive care. The mitochondrial failure of Reye syndrome is rapidly reversible and the major focus of management should be clinical support during the acute phase. Infusions of 20% glucose may help sustain hepatic and brain function during the temporary mitochondrial failure. Recurrence of Reye syndrome has been reported in children who have recovered and were then treated again with aspirin during an acute febrile illness. Children who require long term therapy with aspirin or other mitochondrial inhibitors should receive influenza and varicella vaccine and parents should be alert to the signs and symptoms of Reye syndrome.

Drug Class: Antithrombotic Agents, Antiplatelet Agents, Salicylates

Other Drugs in the Subclass, Antiplatelet Agents: Cangrelor, Clopidogrel, Dipyridamole, Prasugrel, Ticagrelor, Ticlopidine, Vorapaxar

Other Drugs in the Salicylates Class: Diflunisal, Salsalate, Trisalicylate


Case 1. Acute enzyme elevations due to high dose aspirin therapy.

[Modified from: Wolfe JD, Metzger AL, Goldstein RC. Aspirin hepatitis. Ann Intern Med 1974; 80: 74-6. PubMed Citation]

A 20 year old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus was treated with aspirin in doses of 4.8 grams per day. Her arthralgias improved, but 5 days after starting she noted the onset of tinnitus, anorexia, nausea, and abdominal discomfort. A serum salicylate level was 45 mg/dL (high) and serum enzyme levels were elevated (Table). Her liver was tender, but she was not jaundiced. Aspirin was stopped and her symptoms and enzyme abnormalities resolved within a few days. Aspirin was subsequently restarted at the same dose. She developed symptoms within 2 days and serum ALT levels began to rise. A liver biopsy showed spotty necrosis and inflammation without fat or chronic liver disease. Aspirin was stopped and she was later treated successfully with corticosteroids.

Key Points

Laboratory Values


A very convincing case of aspirin induced hepatotoxicity. The onset of liver injury was within a few days of starting high doses of aspirin. The patient was mildly symptomatic but not jaundiced. There were also changes in alkaline phosphatase levels. Toxicity appeared to correlate with serum salicylate levels. Recovery was rapid once ASA was stopped and recurred when aspirin was restarted. Lower doses may have been tolerated without toxicity but were considered subtherapeutic for management of lupus. Liver biopsy showed minor nonspecific changes.

Case 2. Reye syndrome in a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

[Modified from: Norman MG, Lowden JA, Hill DE, Bannayne RM. Encephalopathy and fatty degeneration of the viscera in childhood: II. Report of a case with isolation of influenza B virus. Canad Med Assoc J 1968; 99: 522-6. PubMed Citation].

A 9 year old girl with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis on salicylates developed nausea, vomiting and drowsiness and was admitted to hospital for suspected salicylate intoxication. However, blood salicylate levels were within the therapeutic range (17.5/mg/dL) and she developed progressive restlessness, confusion and ultimately coma. She had acidosis and hypoglycemia and was treated with intravenous fluids. Serum AST levels were normal on admission but rose to 696 U/L, which led to an emergency liver biopsy that showed microvesicular fatty change with no inflammation, fibrosis or architectural distortion. The liver was devoid of glycogen. Despite supportive care and artificial ventilation she developed progressive coma, cerebral edema and died 72 hours after admission which was 5 days after initial symptoms of vomiting. Autopsy showed cerebral edema and steatosis in the liver with both macro- and microvesicular fat. Although there was no antecedent history of upper respiratory illness, she had complained of headaches for 2 weeks before onset and influenza B virus was isolated from the liver biopsy and from multiple tissues at autopsy.

Key Points

Laboratory Values


A well described case of Reye syndrome arising in a child on chronic salicylate therapy for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. This case was described before epidemiological data linked Reye syndrome with influenza B and aspirin and is strikingly prescient. The initial symptoms were probably due to lactic acidosis, and AST levels rose shortly thereafter. In cases with recovery, aminotransferase levels fall as rapidly as they had risen. Initially, liver tissue shows microvesicular fat and absence of glycogen as the liver cell uses glycolysis to compensate for the lack of ATP produced by mitochondria. When this mechanism fails, lactic acid levels rise and hepatocytes release enzymes triggered by apoptosis from mitochondrial and cell functional failure. These processes occur rapidly, even before aminotransferase and bilirubin levels rise (the latter being a product of hepatocellular failure).



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    (14 year old on aspirin for 2 weeks developed fever, malaise and then stupor with AST 2130 U/L, bilirubin 0.8 mg/dL, high protime and ammonia levels with nontoxic salicylate levels; recovered slowly and redeveloped signs of lupus with stopping aspirin; biopsy showed mild microvesicular fat).
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    (61 year old with febrile illness, took aspirin and 4 days later developed nausea, then confusion and admission for coma 2 days later, ALT 864 U/L, bilirubin and INR normal, liver biopsy showed microvesicular fat, rapid recovery; reviewed 11 cases of Reye syndrome in adults in literature: ages 18-51, receiving aspirin after upper respiratory illness, 3 died).
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    (Patient with lupus given trisalicylate [1.5 g/day] and in 3 days had rising ALT [711 U/L] and Alk P [376 U/L] but normal bilirubin, resolving rapidly with stopping: review of literature).
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    (62 year old woman with systemic lupus on long term therapy with aspirin, had dose increased to 3.5 g/day and 10 days later developed weakness and confusion with ALT 34 times ULN, Alk P 2.9 times ULN, bilirubin 15.8 mg/dL, high ammonia; biopsy did not show microvesicular fat; resolved on low dose prednisone).
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    (66 year old woman with osteoarthritis took 3 days of trisalicylate and developed jaundice 3 days later with ALT 774 U/L, Alk P 542 U/L, bilirubin 14.3 mg/dL; 32% eosinophils, mild encephalopathy, but ultimate recovery; had a history of penicillin allergy).
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    (72 year old man with stroke developed cholestatic jaundice after 1 month of low dose aspirin [bilirubin 11.5 mg/dL, ALT 211 U/L, Alk P 646 U/L] with normal ERCP, no other drug exposure, resolving in 10 weeks off of aspirin).
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    (5 year old child with acute arthritis placed on aspirin [100 mg/kg/day] and developed confusion, nausea and vomiting 4 days later with subsequent fatal course [ALT 1230 U/L, pH 7.26, high ammonia and lactate but normal bilirubin], liver biopsy showing microvesicular fat).
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    (Letter regarding review article on aspirin for rheumatic fever pointing out their results [Singh 1992]).
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    (4 year old child with biliary atresia, developed CMV infection after liver transplantation and was treated with aspirin for fever [Tapal 100 mg three times daily], developing ALT flare to 459 U/L, resolving within 20 days of stopping aspirin).
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    (Two cases of Reye syndrome in children who took aspirin during febrile illnesses [AST 1113 and 1034 U/L, ammonia 181 and 108 μmol/L and protime 15.1 and 41 seconds], both recovered).
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    (17 year old boy took aspirin for febrile illness and presented with confusion 6 days later with ALT 1728 U/L, normal bilirubin; ultrasound showed fatty liver and biopsy showed microvesicular fat; recovered in 5 days).
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    (10 year old girl given aspirin for febrile illness developed confusion 2 days later [ALT 598 U/L, INR 1.9, ammonia 250 μmol/dL], liver biopsy showed microvesicular fat; ultimately suffered brain death).
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    (72 children with rheumatic fever were given tolmetin [n=20] or aspirin [n=52: 75-100 mg/kg/day] for 4-6 weeks; efficacy similar but side effects were more common with aspirin, ALT elevations [100-1000 U/L, but no jaundice] in 31% with aspirin vs 0% with tolmetin).
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    (Case controlled study of cases of NSAID hepatotoxicity versus controls seen in a medical community care group in France, found 22 cases of NSAID induced hepatotoxicity among a total of 88 cases; including 7/88 attributable to aspirin, but 10/178 controls also taking aspirin; odds ratio=1.42; no clinical data given on cases).
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    (Hypothesis linking rise in allergic diseases among children and decrease in use of aspirin: "It may not be too bold a postulate that this increase in allergic diseases might be due [at least in part] to the decreased use of ASA").
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    (1 year old boy with Kawasaki syndrome was treated with IVIG and high dose aspirin and developed lethargy 2-3 days later with ALT 376 U/L, high ammonia, lactic acidosis and coagulopathy; given glucose and mannitol and recovered within a few days: liver biopsy showed microvesicular fat; no recurrence 2 years later, but no mention of restarting aspirin).
  • Ioi H, Kawashima H, Nishimata S, Watanabe Y, Yamanaka G, Kashiwagi Y, Yamada N, et al. A case of Reye syndrome with rotavirus infection accompanied with high cytokines. J Infect. 2006;52:e124–8. [PubMed: 16226809]
    (2 year old with diarrhea from rotavirus infection followed by coma and seizures with ALT 4136 U/L and hypoglycemia but no acidosis or jaundice biopsy showed fatty liver; ultimately recovered, did not take aspirin and possibility of metabolic disorder not fully investigated).
  • Glasgow JF. Reye's syndrome: the case for a causal link with aspirin. Drug Saf. 2006;29:1111–21. [PubMed: 17147458]
    (Systematic review of evidence linking aspirin ingestion to Reye syndrome; 6 case-control studies demonstrated significant increase in risk and 2 long-term prospective surveillance studies with 450 confirmed cases showed aspirin use in 59% of cases and 26% of controls, mortality rate 53%; marked decrease in numbers since 1996; cases without aspirin exposure may have inherited metabolic disease resembling Reye syndrome).
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    (Review article questioning the cause-and-effect relationship between aspirin intake and Reye syndrome and suggesting that the increase prevalence of asthma in children may relate to decrease in aspirin or increase in acetaminophen use).
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    (Editorial on controversy surrounding aspirin and Reye syndrome).
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    (14 year old girl developed fever followed by vomiting and confusion having taken 3 doses of aspirin [325 mg each] 3 days earlier [ALT 80 U/L, ammonia 120 μmol/L, glucose 81 mg/dL, pH 7.34] and died 5 days later).
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    (3 year old Nepalese girl developed fever followed by vomiting and loss of consciousness [ALT 1270 U/L] and died 2 days later, autopsy showing hepatic microvesicular steatosis; no history of aspirin ingestion).
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    (Addresses the question of the age at which aspirin is safe to use for viral syndromes or fever in children; rare cases have been reported in adults, and most recommendations are to not use aspirin below the age of 19 years).
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    (12 cases of Reye syndrome presented to a referral hospital in Buenos Aires between 1985 and 2000; ages 2 to 10 years, 6 boys, all with fever followed by vomiting and encephalopathy; all had taken aspirin [average ALT 302 U/L, glucose 35 mg/dL], 5 died).
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    (6 month old boy with fever and cough received a single dose of aspirin and rapidly developed seizures and coma with hypoglycemia [glucose 17 mg/dL, ALT 75 rising to 11,270 U/L], recovering with emergency auxiliary partial liver transplant; explant showing microvesicular steatosis and in follow up, the native liver recovered and so that immunosuppression could be withdrawn, but he had severe epilepsy and delayed psychomotor development in long term follow up).
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