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ISSN: 2332-0877

Journal of Infectious Diseases & Therapy
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Review Article

Khat Intertwined Liver Damage

Omkolsoum M Alhaddad*, Maha M Elsabaawy and Imam A Waked

Department of Hepatology, National Liver Institute, Menoufia University, Egypt

*Corresponding Author:
Omkolsoum M Alhaddad
Department of Hepatology, National Liver Institute
Menoufia University, Shebeen Elkom, 234511, Egypt
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: October 04, 2017; Accepted date: October 10, 2017; Published date: October 12, 2017

Citation: Alhaddad OM, Elsabaawy MM, Waked IA (2017) Khat Intertwined Liver Damage. J Infect Dis Ther 5:337. doi: 10.4172/2332-0877.1000337

Copyright: © 2017 Alhaddad OM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Herb-induced medical illnesses including hepatotoxicity has now become a global medical and pharmacological issue. Although perceived as safe, many consequences had been associated with chronic Khat consumption. The association between the consumption of the plant Catha edulis (Khat) and acute liver injury, chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis had evidently occupied the literature. Khat induced hepatotoxicity has been recently asserted by reports of khat-induced hepatic venous thrombosis. Still remaining in the shadow is the natural history of Khat related liver damage.