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Rare cause of isolated severe coagulation failure in cirrhosis: traditional healing with fenugreek


Patients with cirrhosis develop decompensation events during the natural history of the disease that encompass ascites, variceal bleeding, hepatic encephalopathy and jaundice. Coagulation failure, defined using the international normalised ratio, even though not a decompensation event, is important in patients with stratifying cirrhosis into those who require liver transplantation for long-term survival. Isolated coagulation failure in cirrhosis is rare and usually occurs with use of anticoagulants in the setting of vascular diseases. We reported the case of a patient with compensated cirrhosis in whom, isolated severe coagulation failure was found to be due to excessive use of fenugreek milk porridge as part of traditional healing. The coagulation failure was promptly reversed with avoidance of fenugreek and supplementation with vitamin K.

  • gastrointestinal system
  • haematology (drugs And medicines)
  • drugs: gastrointestinal system
  • cirrhosis
  • toxicology

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