Experts have warned that repeated exposure to a widely-used anaesthetic may cause liver disease. The anaesthetic, methoxyflurane, is used for rapid short-term pain relief during brief, painful procedures, and is administered via single-dose puffers. Formerly used as a general anaesthetic, this is no longer the case because of its toxic effects on the liver, said Kacey O'Rourke, a treating medical registrar at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Doctors are reconsidering the use of the drug after a 33-year-old woman developed acute hepatitis four weeks after beginning a series of treatments for varicose veins. The woman was given the anaesthetic via an inhaler during three vein treatments. "It seems the exposure to methoxyflurane in our patient was the likely cause of acute hepatitis, and it may be that repeated exposure was a contributing factor," the Daily Telegraph quoted O'Rourke as saying in a statement. "This observation has implications for the way methoxyflurane is prescribed, including its use for procedural analgesia in cases in which several procedures (and hence, repeated dosing) are required," he added. Source: ANI << Singapore Luxury Brand 'Bags' the World't Attention Neighbours of California's Nuclear Plant Say Life is Good; ... >> Recommended Reading Alcoholic Liver Disease Encyclopedia section of medindia gives general information about Alcoholic Liver Disease. READ MORE Biliary Cirrhosis Biliary cirrhosis occurs due to obstruction to the flow of bile through bile ducts either within the liver or outside the liver. READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects A-Z Drug Brands in India More News on: Alcoholic Liver DiseaseLiver BiopsyHepatitis ALiverWilson's DiseaseBiliary CirrhosisMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?