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Abstract Title:

Carrot man: A case of excessive beta-carotene ingestion.

Abstract Source:

Int J Eat Disord. 2012 Mar 19. Epub 2012 Mar 19. PMID: 22431270

Abstract Author(s):

Randy A Sansone, Lori A Sansone

Article Affiliation:

Department of Psychiatry, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio; Department of Internal Medicine, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio; Department of Psychiatry, Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio. Randy.sansone@khnetwork.org.

Abstract:

In this case report, the authors describe a 48-year-old male who complained to his primary care physician of abdominal discomfort and yellow/orange skin discoloration. Physical examination was normal except for some mild mid-abdominal discomfort (no observed skin color changes). An abdominal CT scan indicated a colon that was full of stool. Laboratory studies indicated elevated liver enzymes. Upon further questioning, the patient reported ingesting 6-7 pounds of carrots per week to facilitate his dieting effort. The patient was diagnosed with constipation, hypercarotinemia, and possible vitamin A toxicity. Following the cessation of excessive carrot ingestion, his liver enzymes normalized within 1 month.© 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012;).

Study Type : Human: Case Report

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