Two cases of toxic hepatitis caused by arrowroot juice

Seung Young Kim, Hyung Joon Yim, Jae Hong Ahn, Jeong Han Kim, Jin Nam Kim, I. Yoon, Dong Il Kim, Hong Sik Lee, Sang Woo Lee, Jai Hyun Choi

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Herbal remedies and health foods are widely used, and their side effects have been reported. We describe two cases of symptomatic toxic hepatitis that developed in middle-aged women after ingesting arrowroot juice. The clinical manifestations were nausea, vomiting, and jaundice. The diagnosis of toxic hepatitis was made using the Roussel Uclaf Causality Assessment Method score on the basis of the patient's history and laboratory data. After supportive care, the patients showed rapid improvements of clinical symptoms, laboratory findings, and liver stiffness. Clinicians should be aware that the consumption of arrowroot juice can cause toxic hepatitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-509
Number of pages6
JournalThe Korean journal of hepatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec

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