A case of veno-occlusive disease of the liver in Britain associated with herbal tea consumption Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Klatskin Tumor
  • Nomograms


  • Veno-occlusive disease of the liver with clinical and pathological features similar to those of the condition occurring in the Caribbean is described in a young woman resident in Britain. The diagnosis was made from liver biopsies and hepatic venography and was confirmed at necropsy. Small amounts of pyrroliziding alkaloids were recovered from a sample of mate (Paraguay) tea, owned by the patient, to which she was addicted. It seems probable that the consumption of large amounts of this tea over a period of years was the cause of the hepatic disease.

publication date

  • January 1976



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/jcp.29.9.788

PubMed ID

  • 977780

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 788

end page

  • 94


  • 29


  • 9