Internal and Emergency Medicine

, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 833–835 | Cite as

Weight-loss supplementation and acute liver failure: the case of Garcinia Cambogia

  • Anna LicataEmail author
  • Maria Giovanna Minissale


The prevalence of obesity, estimated in 600 million of obese people and 1.9 billion of overweight people, is increasing throughout the world [1]. Obesity, as manifestations of the metabolic syndrome, associated with type 2 diabetes, arterial hypertension, and dyslipidemia, results in an increased cardiovascular risk and mortality. In the Western countries, this is commonly related to economic well-being, to the frenetic rhythms, and to a culture lacking in physical exercise. At the same time, the lifestyles of society require a lot of attention to physical appearance, but also to health. Nevertheless, certain goals could rapidly be achieved through different ways that sometimes can be harmful to us. Herbal weight-loss supplements represent an explicative example.

In this context, the paper by Crescioli et al. [2] that shows how dietary supplements containing Garcinia Cambogia(GC), a commonly used weight-loss supplement can cause acute liver injury, fulminant hepatitis,...


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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine and Hepatology, Department of and Medical Specialities (DIBIMIS)University of PalermoPalermoItaly

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