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doi: 10.1097/01.TIN.0000445900.05642.od
Case Reports

Severe Hypertensive Episode Associated With Excess Licorice Consumption: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

Rachman-Elbaum, Shelly MS, RD; Johnson, Teresa DCN, RD

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Abstract

Licorice extract is used in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and supplement industries as a flavor agent. Excessive licorice consumption can precipitate a severe hypertensive event through activation of renal mineralocorticoid receptors. This article presents a case study and a review of published literature on licorice-induced hypertension.

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