Autoimmune hepatitis and hypergammaglobulinemic purpura associated with herbal medicine use. Academic Article uri icon


  • May 2008Autoimmune hepatitis is a chronic hepa-titis of unknown etiology characterized by hyperglobulinemia, circulating antibodies and piecemeal necrosis on liver histology. There are only sporadic reports describing an association between autoimmune hepa-titis and herbal medications [1]. Herbal remedies are among the most popular form of complementary treatments and are being marketed and used at an increasing rate [2]. We present, to the best of our knowledge for the first time, a patient with autoimmune hepatitis and hypergam-maglobulinemic purpura related to herbal medicine that promptly responded to corticosteroid therapy.

publication date

  • January 1, 2008