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Image Number 495 (Carotenemia)


Diagnosis: Carotenemia

Site: Hand,palm

Sex: F

Age: 32

Type: Clinical

Description: Diffuse discoulration of skin, more pronounced on palms

Submitted by: Irfan Bari

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Differential Diagnosis

History:  Carotenemia is characterized by yellow discoloration of the skin and elevated blood carotene levels. Excessive and prolonged ingestion of carotene-rich, yellow or orange colored foods such as carrots and winter squash is the most common cause, but it may also more rarely be associated with consumption of other foods as well as with hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, anorexia nervosa, liver disease, or kidney disease.

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