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Chinese green tea and acute hepatitis: a rare yet
recurring theme

Chinese green tea and acute hepatitis


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Chinese green tea and acute hepatitis: a rare yet
recurring theme

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BMJ Case Reports 2015; doi:10.1136/bcr-2014-208534

  1. Sebastian Thomas Lugg1
  2. Darryl Braganza Menezes2
  3. Simon Gompertz1

+Author Affiliations

  1. 1University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital BirminghamBirmingham, UK
  2. 2University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS TrustStoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK
  • Accepted 9 September 2015
  • Published 23 September 2015


A previously healthy 16-year-old girl presented with signs of acute hepatitis. On initial enquiry, she had not taken any prescribed or ‘over-the-counter’ medications, and there was no recent travel history. Further investigations revealed no viral, autoimmune or metabolic cause of hepatitis. Only following specific questioning did she reveal that she had, in the preceding 3 months, regularly consumed internet ordered Chinese green tea, which contained Camellia sinensis. After ceasing green tea consumption, there was a rapid and sustained recovery of her hepatitis. The authors discuss the probable cause of herbal tea in this case of acute hepatitis, and the importance of awareness of this rare yet recurring theme for patients and clinicians alike.



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