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Revista Cubana de Medicina

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FERNANDEZ VEGA, Dayamí et al. Effect of treatment with oral red propolis extract on nonalcoholic teatohepatitis. Rev cubana med [online]. 2014, vol.53, n.3, pp.282-290. ISSN 0034-7523.

Introduction: nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is a common condition which may lead to cirrhosis. The existing drug therapy options are not very effective. It is a well known fact that propolis has an antioxidant and antiinflammatory effect. Reports on the benefits of propolis may be found in the literature. Objective: identify histological hepatic changes in patients with steatohepatitis treated with 5% hydroalcoholic oral extract of Cuban red propolis for a year. Methods: a double-blind randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted with 40 patients of both sexes aged 20-65 with 6-8 Kleiner index, who were divided in 2 groups: propolis and placebo. Statistical analysis was based on chi-square and nonparametric tests. Results: total Kleiner decreased from 6 ± 0.65 to 3.15 ± 071 in the propolis group and from 6±0.65 to 6.1±0.97 in the placebo group. In the propolis group there was also a decrease in steatosis, inflammation, ballooning and fibrosis. Changes in liver enzymes and plasmatic lipoproteins were favorable. Conclusions: red propolis may be a therapeutic alternative to stop the progress of esteatohepatitis.

Palavras-chave : nonalcoholic steatohepatitis; propolis; Cuban red propolis; Kleiner index.

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