Toxic acute hepatitis and hepatic fibrosis after consumption of chaparral tablets

IV Department of Surgery, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 2.36). 12/2004; 39(11):1168-71. DOI: 10.1080/00365520410007926
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In this report we describe a young, previously healthy woman who developed severe acute hepatitis after consumption of chaparral tablets, a commonly used herbal product. In this case, the elimination-rechallenge event and the exclusion of other possible aetiologic factors strongly supported true causality between the herbal product and the liver damage. Primary liver biopsy showed severe toxic hepatitis consistent with previous reports of chaparral-induced liver damage. Later, 6 months after the liver function tests had normalized, permanent hepatic fibrosis could still be seen.

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