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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Primary and secondary carotenoderma can coexist in the same patient. Did I have a stroke? Albinism Oculocutaneous albinism Ocular albinism. Other studies have shown positive effects with high levels of dietary beta-carotene as well as use of supplemental lycopene and lutein.

Finally, in certain disease states, the metabolism and conversion of carotenoids to retinol is slowed, which can lead to decreased clearance and increased plasma levels. Carotenemia can occur in people of any age, but it is seen occurring mostly in children.

Carotenoids are cleared from the body in sweat, sebumurine and faeces. Serum levels of carotenoids vary between region, ethnicity, and sex in the healthy population.

Carotenoids are eliminated via sweatsebumurineand gastrointestinal secretions. Serum beta-carotene levels are usually elevated by times the normal level in a patient with visible carotenaemia. Differential Diagnosis Jaundice Hyperbilirubinemia. Excessive consumption of elemental bftasilver dust or silver compounds can cause the skin to be colored blue or bluish-grey.


Ayear-old white man presented for routine care. Carotenaemia has also been carotenemiq in vegetarians or food faddists who over-indulge in carrots and oranges. Carotene is made up of different substances and the most common form found in the body is beta-carotene which is essential for production of vitamin A in the body. From there they are transported in the plasma into the peripheral tissues.


A jaundiced child has yellowish skin and sclera the white part of the eyes. 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.

A visual inspection of the skin discoloration is a virtual giveaway when it comes to diagnosing Carotenemia. Carotenemia is the presence of high levels of beta carotene in the blood.

His serum vitamin A level was normal, but his carotene level was markedly elevated, at ?

The only presenting symptom of Carotenemia is the yellow discoloration of the skin. Drug-supplement interactions can and do occur.

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

Is the incidence of registrable age-related macular degeneration increasing? Skip cadotenemia main content. Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals.

Carotenemia clinical vignette “Archived copy”. Skin discoloration due to these factors is termed as Secondary Carotenemia, as it is not due to excessive carotene intake but by certain conditions resulting in inappropriate metabolism of carotene leading to carotene retention.

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Medicare for Chiropractic Care: Hyperbilirubinemia is the main differential diagnosis to be considered in evaluating jaundice suspected to be carotenemia. Canthaxanthin and astaxanthin are naturally occurring carotenoids that are used in the British and US food industry to add color to foods such as sausage and fish.

Carotenoids are a normal part beeta our diet and contribute to the normal colour of our skin. Serum carotenoid concentrations in US children and adolescents.


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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. It is of note that kidney dysfunction in general is associated with hypercarotenemia as a result of decreased excretion of carotenoids.

This type of Carotenemia occurs due to excessive consumption of carotene rich foods, especially carrots. Csrotenemia consists of a number of isomers.

Carotenemia is a benign and completely harmless condition, which arises as a result of excess levels of carotene in the body. 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. Lead Poisoning or Plumbism: There are three main mechanisms involved in hypercarotenemia: Antioxidant supplements block the response of HDL to simvastatin-niacin therapy in patients with coronary artery disease and low HDL.

While hepatitis can make a person feel very sick for a week, usually it causes no lasting complications. Carotenemiaor carotenaemia xanthaemiais the presence of the orange pigment carotene in the blood from excessive intake of carrots or other vegetables containing the pigment resulting in increased serum carotenoids.

Some of the conditions that can cause secondary Carotenemia are:. The vitamin A spectrum: