Kava-induced dermopathy: a niacin deficiency?

@article{Ruze1990KavainducedDA,
  title={Kava-induced dermopathy: a niacin deficiency?},
  author={P. Ruze},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={1990},
  volume={335},
  pages={1442-1445}
}
  • P. Ruze
  • Published 1990
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet
Heavy chronic consumption of kava (Piper methysticum) is associated with a pellagroid dermopathy that has been attributed to niacin deficiency. Over 200 male kava drinkers in the Tonga Islands were interviewed and examined regarding the characteristic skin changes. A scaly rash suggestive of ichthyosis and eye irritation were present in some heavy kava drinkers. 29 kava drinkers with prominent skin changes were randomised to receive either 100 mg oral nicotinamide or placebo daily for three… Expand
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