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Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Volume 2018, Article ID 9606171, 4 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/9606171
Case Report

Acute Hepatitis due to Garcinia Cambogia Extract, an Herbal Weight Loss Supplement

1Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, USA
2Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, USA
3Clinical Research Director, Sinai-Grace Hospital; Associate Program Director, Transitional Medicine Residency Program, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA
4Associate Program Director, Department of Internal Medicine, Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, USA
5Program Director, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Akshay Sharma; moc.liamg@amrahsyahska.g

Received 26 March 2018; Revised 3 July 2018; Accepted 19 July 2018; Published 26 July 2018

Academic Editor: Yucel Ustundag

Copyright © 2018 Akshay Sharma 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.

Abstract

The Drug Induced Liver Injury Network reports dietary supplements as one of the most important causes of drug induced hepatotoxicity, yet millions of people use these supplements without being aware of their potential life-threatening side effects. Garcinia cambogia (GC) extract is an herbal weight loss supplement, reported to cause fulminant hepatic failure. We present a case of a 57-year-old female with no previous history of liver disease, who presented with acute hepatitis due to GC extract taken for weight loss, which resolved after stopping it and got reaggravated on retaking it. Obtaining a history of herbal supplement use is critical in the evaluation of acute hepatitis.