A RARE CASE OF HYPERCAROTENEMIA
Dr. Nagaraj B. S. and Dr. Harini G. L.*
Carotenemia is a clinical condition characterised by yellow pigmentation of skin (xanthoderma) and increased carotenoid levels in blood. In most cases the condition follows prolonged and excessive ingestion of carotene rich foods like carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pappya etc. Most frequently seen in infants and children and vegetarian diet. Also can be seen if metabolism of beta carotene is decreased as in diabetes, hyothyroidism, nephrotic syndrome and liver disease. The condition of carotenemia is harmless, but it can lead to a mistaken diagnosis of jaundice.
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