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Vol. 51, No. 6, 2007
Issue release date: February 2008
Section title: Case Report
Ann Nutr Metab 2007;51:571–573
(DOI:10.1159/000114212)

A Rare Cutaneous Case of Carotenosis Cutis: Lycopenaemia

Caroselli C. · Bruno G. · Manara F.
aDipartimento di Emergenza e Accettazione, Ospedale Civile Maggiore, Verona, ed bUnità di Allergologia ed Immunologia Clinica, Dipartimento di Medicina Interna, Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’, II Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, Ospedale ‘Sant’Andrea’, Roma, Italia

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Abstract of Case Report

Published online: 1/28/2008

Number of Print Pages: 3
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0250-6807 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9697 (Online)

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Abstract

Objective: To report a rare adult case of lycopenaemia associated with ingestion of excessive amounts of kaki fruit. Methods: We describe the clinical manifestation and laboratory findings in our patient and the possible causes that induce this cutaneous disease. Results: A 68-year-old Caucasian woman presented with red-orange tinged skin of the palms and soles. Her diet included about 1 kg of kaki fruit daily. High-performance liquid chromatography showed increased lycopene levels. Conclusion: Our case of lycopenaemia is a benign condition, secondary to an excessive dietary intake of lycopene-rich fruits. The discoloration of the palms and soles resulted from pigment deposits, due to the slow conversion of carotene to vitamin A. This condition disappeared after changes in her dietary habits.


  

Author Contacts

Costantino Caroselli, MD
Dipartimento di Emergenza e Accettazione
Ospedale Civile Maggiore, Borgo Trento, Azienda Ospedaliera di Verona
Piazzale A. Stefani, 1, IT–37126 Verona (Italy)
Tel. +39 045 812 3269, Fax +39 045 812 2828, E-Mail costantino.caroselli@azosp.vr.it

  

Article Information

Published online: January 28, 2008
Number of Print Pages : 3
Number of Figures : 1, Number of Tables : 0, Number of References : 8

  

Publication Details

Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism (Journal of Nutrition, Metabolic Diseases and Dietetics)

Vol. 51, No. 6, Year 2007 (Cover Date: February 2008)

Journal Editor: Elmadfa, I. (Vienna)
ISSN: 0250–6807 (Print), eISSN: 1421–9697 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ANM


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Case Report

Published online: 1/28/2008

Number of Print Pages: 3
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0250-6807 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9697 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ANM


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