Autoimmune Hepatitis Associated With Turmeric Consumption

ACG Case Rep J. 2020 Mar 16;7(3):e00320. doi: 10.14309/crj.0000000000000320. eCollection 2020 Mar.


Turmeric is a popular herbal dietary supplement that has been considered safe and even shown to have hepatoprotective properties. In the recent times, however, there have been a few case reports of turmeric-induced liver injury. We report a 55-year-old woman with chronic turmeric consumption whose initial diagnosis was acute autoimmune hepatitis. She declined steroid treatment, and hence, we recommended discontinuing her long-term turmeric usage. A month after discontinuation, her liver function returned to normal. This case demonstrates the importance of recognizing the potential adverse effects of herbal dietary supplement.

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