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A case of ischemic colitis associated with the herbal food supplement Ma Huang

Title
A case of ischemic colitis associated with the herbal food supplement Ma Huang
Authors
Song H.J.Shim K.-N.Ryu K.H.Kim T.H.Jung S.-A.Yoo K.
Ewha Authors
유권정성애심기남김태헌
SCOPUS Author ID
유권scopus; 정성애scopus; 심기남scopus; 김태헌scopus
Issue Date
2008
Journal Title
Yonsei Medical Journal
ISSN
0513-5796JCR Link
Citation
vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 496 - 499
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Ischemic colitis is a condition that usually occurs in the elderly, as a form of vascular disease. However, ischemic colitis also occurs, though rarely, in healthy young adults. Moreover, food supplements containing Ephedra sinica or ma huang have been linked to adverse central nervous and cardio-vascular events. A 40-year-old man was admitted to our emergency department after 2 episodes of abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea that lasted 24 hours. His medical history was unremarkable for risk factors of bowel ischemia, except for well-controlled hypertension. However, a weight-loss supplement, Ephedra sinica, had been prescribed for daily use during the previous month. Both abdominal/pelvic computed tomography and colonoscopy revealed findings compatible with ischemic colitis. His conditions spontaneously improved without any serious complications, and he was advised to discontinue the use of herbal medications containing ephedrine. In this paper, we describe a case of ischemic colitis that was potentially linked to the use of ma huang with a review of the relevant literature.
DOI
10.3349/ymj.2008.49.3.496
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