Acute Pancreatitis Secondary to Garcinia Cambogia; The Unknown Cost of Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements are unregulated and poorly understood. Over half of Americans take a dietary supplement with virtually unknown side effects. These unknown effects of herbal supplements are further compounded by the use poly pharmacy. We present the case of a 61 year old female who presented to the emergency department for worsening mid-epigastric pain. A diagnosis of pancreatitis secondary to ingestion of Garcinia Cambogia was made. This represents the first case of Garcinia Cambogia induced acute pancreatitis. Awareness of such side effects is paramount to both physicians and patients. As incidence of herbal supplementation increases in the general public we expect to see an increase in the adverse effects of such drugs.


Angela Grigos, Jamila Benmoussa, Jaspreet Sandhu, Benjamin Chaucer, Matthew Clarke, Sunil H Patel

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