October 2015

Green Tea Product Linked to Hepatitis

In a recent case report, a healthy 16 year-old girl reported symptoms of nausea, joint pain, and stomach pains. She was initially treated for a urinary tract infection, but after symptoms worsened she was diagnosed with hepatitis. She had been taking 3 cups of a Chinese green tea product that she ordered over the internet daily for the past 3 months. While the product was not tested for contamination, it is possible that undeclared ingredients could have caused the liver damage.


  1. Lugg ST, Braganza Menezes D, Gompertz S. Chinese green tea and acute hepatitis: a rare yet recurring theme. BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Sep 23;2015.

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