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Int J Vitam Nutr Res. ;65(1) Hyper-beta-carotenemia unrelated to diet: a case of brain tumor. Olmedilla B(1), Granado F, Blanco I. Author information. Carotenemia is a harmless condition in which the skin turns a yellowish color from eating lots of certain foods. Unlike jaundice, the whites of the eyes remain. Carotenemia is the presence of high levels of beta carotene in the blood. Carotenemia is also sometimes called carotenodermia.

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Winter squash that is orange or yellow in color may cause carotenemia.

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In addition to that source of carotene, infants are usually prescribed a liquid vitamin supplement, such as Tri-Vi-Sol, which contains vitamin A. For cases of secondary Carotenemia the underlying cause for Carotenemia needs to be identified and treated. Finally, taking high dosages of beta-carotene along with other nutrients, such as selenium, vitamin C, and vitamin E, may lower high-density lipoprotein levels, resulting in a less-optimal lipid profile.

Carrots are a food to avoid in the case of carotenemia. Disease states associated with carotenoderma include hypothyroidismdiabetes mellitusanorexia nervosanephrotic syndrome, and liver disease. This is called primary carotenaemia and appears several weeks after increased ingestion of the responsible foods.

Roche SP, Kobos R. The skin colour can return to normal with dietary modification. Jaundice Newborn Viral Hepatitis. Piebaldism Waardenburg syndrome Tietz syndrome.

Foods associated with high levels of carotenoids [7] include:. Homogenizing the food will increase the availability of carotene compared to pureeing.


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Carotenoids are eliminated via sweatsebumurineand gastrointestinal secretions. Our patient had been diagnosed with AMD? Sclera and mucous membranes are spared. In hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus, the underlying mechanism of hypercarotenemia is thought to be both impaired conversion of beta-carotene into retinol and the associated increased serum lipids. Case Presentation Ayear-old white man presented for routine care. Carotenemia most commonly occurs in vegetarians and young children.

He denied pruritis, dark urine, light stool, abdominal pain, fever, excessive alcohol intake, or diarrhea.

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Hyper-beta-carotenemia unrelated to diet: a case of brain tumor.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In rare cases, a genetic defect in carotene metabolism may also result in carotenaemiaeven when the intake of carotene is normal. His medical history included early age-related macular degeneration AMDhypothyroidism, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, cerebrovascular accident, and dyslipidemia.

Increased serum lipids also cause hypercarotenemia because there are increased circulating lipoproteins that contain bound carotenoids. Some of the conditions that can cause secondary Carotenemia are:.

Ripening increases the food content of carotene. The gold-induced greyish skin color is called chrysiasis. Archived copy as title Infobox medical condition Pages using infobox medical condition with unknown parameters All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from September Articles with unsourced statements from July Pediatrics Clerkship The University of Chicago.

Despite this, he developed the classic clinical signs and symptoms of carotenoderma. Carotenoids are precursors of an essential vitamin, Vitamin A or retinol. This article does not provide medical advice. His physical examination was significant for a deep yellow discoloration of carrotenemia skin Figuremost prominently on the hands and soles, without icteric mucous membranes or sclerae.


In this particular case, the patient was by all accounts taking beta-carotene on the advice of his physicians, and using the correct dosage. Carotene is in no way harmful to the body and is a nontoxic pigment and in fact is a part of a healthy diet chart. Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals. Finally, in certain disease states, the metabolism and conversion of carotenoids to retinol is slowed, which can lead to decreased clearance and increased beya levels.

Hypervitaminosis A may cause alopecia, bone pain, skin desquamation, anorexia, or hepatomegaly, 3 but carotenemia is thought to be a benign disorder, causing only skin discoloration. Pancreatic lipase enzymes, bile salts, fat, and thyroid hormone aid conversion of carotenoids to vitamin A. The only presenting symptom of Carotenemia is the yellow discoloration of the skin.

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He was instructed to discontinue the betacarotene supplement, and his skin discoloration resolved within 2 weeks. This includes the palms, soles, knees, and nasolabial foldsalthough the discoloration can be generalized.