Information regarding the safety of herbal drugs is often not reported. We describe the case of a 65-year-old woman referred to us for a iatrogenic hypercortisolism, who denied any previous steroid consumption. She reported only a chronic application of a phytocosmetic cream, containing ethanol extract of the Cardiospermum halicacabum (CH) plant. Adrenal insufficiency occurred after the cream application was stopped. CH is used in traditional and Western medicine for its documented anti-inflammatory properties. Once the presence of synthetic glucocorticoids was ruled out in the phytocosmetic product, we investigated whether and how its chronic application could have caused the iatrogenic hypercortisolism.

Cushing in a Leaf: Endocrine Disruption From a Natural Remedy

MARTINI, CHIARA;ZANCHETTA, EVA;NALESSO, ALESSANDRO;BATTOCCHIO, MARIALBERTA;GENTILIN, ERICA;VETTOR, ROBERTO;
2016

Abstract

Information regarding the safety of herbal drugs is often not reported. We describe the case of a 65-year-old woman referred to us for a iatrogenic hypercortisolism, who denied any previous steroid consumption. She reported only a chronic application of a phytocosmetic cream, containing ethanol extract of the Cardiospermum halicacabum (CH) plant. Adrenal insufficiency occurred after the cream application was stopped. CH is used in traditional and Western medicine for its documented anti-inflammatory properties. Once the presence of synthetic glucocorticoids was ruled out in the phytocosmetic product, we investigated whether and how its chronic application could have caused the iatrogenic hypercortisolism.
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