Microplastic Fibers Detected in Cirrhotic Liver but not in Liver with No Liver Disease

A July 11, 2022 Lancet article https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ebiom.2022.104147 by researchers with Germany University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf and Germany University of Hamburg addresses “… whether microplastics (MPs) accumulate in peripheral organs, specifically in the liver, and if liver cirrhosis favours this process … Considering the limit of detection, all liver, kidney and spleen samples from patients without underlying liver disease tested negative for MPs. In contrast, MP concentrations in cirrhotic liver tissues tested positive and showed significantly higher concentrations compared to liver samples of individuals without underlying liver disease. Six different microplastic polymers ranging from 4 to 30 µm in size were detected … Future studies are needed to evaluate whether hepatic MP accumulation represents a potential cause in the pathogenesis of fibrosis, or a consequence of cirrhosis and portal hypertension …” #MicroPlastics #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastics @UKEHamburg @unihh