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Khat-related liver disease in sub-Saharan Africa: neglected, yet important.

Orlien, SMS; Berhe, NB; Morgan, MY; Johannessen, A; (2019) Khat-related liver disease in sub-Saharan Africa: neglected, yet important. [Letter]. Lancet Global Health , 7 (3) e310. 10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30527-8. Green open access

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Abstract

In their Comment, Sandro Vento and colleagues (October, 2018)1 highlight cirrhosis as an important but neglected health issue in sub-Saharan Africa. We endorse their call for greater public awareness of this emerging health issue, for governmental commitment to facilitate pertinent preventative efforts in public health, and for better diagnostic and treatment options. However, we were surprised that they did not mention what is, without a doubt, one of the most important emerging causes of chronic liver disease in this region, namely the recreational use of khat (Catha edulis).

Type: Article
Title: Khat-related liver disease in sub-Saharan Africa: neglected, yet important.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30527-8
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30527-8
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an Open Access article under the CC BY 4.0 license.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Inst for Liver and Digestive Hlth
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069416
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