Epsom Salts Cause Severe Liver Damage Within Two Weeks

by Julia Samuel on  October 3, 2017 at 6:03 PM Research News
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A 38-year-old man developed serious liver damage after taking epsom salts to treat gallstones, reveal doctors in a study published in the journal BMJ Case Reports.
Epsom Salts Cause Severe Liver Damage Within Two Weeks
Epsom Salts Cause Severe Liver Damage Within Two Weeks

The man had lost his appetite and was jaundiced. He was tested for a range of common liver diseases, all of which were negative. But a biopsy specimen showed that he had signs of liver damage.

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It emerged that he had been taking three tablespoons of Epsom salts in lukewarm water for 15 days. He had been advised by a naturopath that this would dissolve his gallstones.

Taking too much Epsom salts can cause diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm, and kidney damage.

In this case, the man took a large quantity of salts over two weeks, which prompted rapid worsening of fibrosis (tissue scarring). And the doctors caution that certain conditions might heighten the risk of liver damage when combined with Epsom salts.

The man was advised to stop taking the salts, to drink plenty of fluids, and was given medication to prevent further liver damage. And after around six weeks, his liver function had returned to normal.

Source: Eurekalert

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