Is green tea a potential trigger for autoimmune hepatitis?
Author: Eugenia Gallo and Valentina Maggini and Margherita Berardi and Alessandra Pugi and Rosario Notaro and Giulia Talini and Giancarlo Vannozzi and Siro Bagnoli and Paolo Forte and Alessandro Mugelli and Vito Annese and Fabio Firenzuoli and Alfredo Vannacci
A case of autoimmune liver hepatitis is reported: the onset was triggered by consumption of green tea infusion in a patient taking oral contraceptives and irbesartan. We hypothesize that our patient, carrying genetic variant of hepatic metabolism making her particularly susceptible to oxidative stress, developed an abnormal response to a mild toxic insult, afforded by a combination of agents (oral contraceptives + irbesartan + green tea) that normally would not be able to cause damage. Her particular hepatic metabolism further increased the drugs’ concentration, favoring the haptenization of liver proteins, eventually leading to the development of an autoimmune hepatitis.