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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3540756, 4 pages
Case Report

Yogi Detox Tea: A Potential Cause of Acute Liver Failure

1Department of Internal Medicine, Drexel University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2Drexel School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA
3Department of Gastroenterology, Drexel University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA
4Department of Hepatology, Drexel University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Keerthana Kesavarapu

Received 15 April 2017; Revised 4 August 2017; Accepted 13 August 2017; Published 24 October 2017

Academic Editor: Hideto Kawaratani

Copyright © 2017 Keerthana Kesavarapu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We present a case of acute fulminant liver failure from a liver detoxification tea. We present a 60-year-old female with weakness, lethargy, scleral icterus, jaundice, and worsening mental status. She drank herbal tea three times a day for 14 days prior to symptom development. Liver tests were elevated. Remaining laboratory tests and imaging were negative for other etiologies. An ultrasound-guided liver biopsy showed submassive necrosis. A literature search on the ingredients shows six ingredients as having hepatotoxic effects and remaining ingredients as having very sparse hepatoprotective data. Healthcare professionals should discuss herbal medication and tea use and report adverse effects.