Acute liver failure associated with Garcinia cambogia use

Rebecca Corey, K. Tuesday Werner, Andrew Singer, Adyr Moss, Maxwell Smith, Jessica Noelting, Jorge Rakela

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Millions of Americans regularly use herbal supplements, but many are unaware of the potential hidden dangers. Numerous supplements have been associated with hepatotoxicity and, indeed dietary/herbal supplements represent an increasingly common source of acute liver injury. We report a case of acute liver failure requiring liver transplantation associated with the use of Garcinia cambogia, a supplement widely promoted for weight loss. When patients present with acute hepatitis or liver failure from an unknown etiology, a careful history of supplement use should be performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-126
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Hepatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016



  • Hepatotoxicity
  • Herbal supplements
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology

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Corey, R., Werner, K. T., Singer, A., Moss, A., Smith, M., Noelting, J., & Rakela, J. (2016). Acute liver failure associated with Garcinia cambogia use. Annals of Hepatology, 15(1), 123-126.