Drug-induced hepatocellular injury due to herbal supplement ashwagandha

A 39-year-old female presented with a one-week history of jaundice and nausea after taking an over-the-counter herbal supplement containing ashwagandha root extract. Initial investigations revealed a hepatocellular pattern of liver enzyme abnormality with jaundice. Investigations, including viral serology, liver specific autoantibodies and an ultrasound scan of the abdomen, were unremarkable. Liver biopsy showed an acute cholestatic hepatitis with confluent necrosis but no features of chronicity. These histopathological findings differ to that of a previously reported case.