Mayo Clin Proc 2003 May;78(5):618-20
Department of Medicine E, Institute of Oncology, The Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel.
Clopidogrel bisulfate, a widely used inhibitor of platelet aggregation, is considered at least as safe as aspirin. We describe a patient who developed a systemic inflammatory response syndrome consisting of high fever, tachycardia, cellulitis-like rash, impaired liver function, and mild leukopenia after receiving clopidogrel before coronary angiography and stent implantation. The reaction resolved promptly after withdrawal of the drug and recurred shortly after a rechallenge dose was administered, thus making the diagnosis of a clopidogrel-induced reaction highly probable. Recognition of this clopidogrel-induced syndrome is extremely important, both for rapid discontinuation of the offending drug and for avoidance of unnecessary drug therapy or invasive procedures.