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Carotenemia in Adult
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Carotenemia in Adult

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Contributors: Craig N. Burkhart MD, Dean Morrell MD, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH, Nancy Esterly MD
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Synopsis

Carotenemia is a yellow pigmentation of the skin associated with increased blood carotene levels. It is associated with large consumption of carotene in the diet and is typically seen in infants and toddlers and less commonly in older children and adults (vegetarians, in particular) who eat large quantities of foods high in carotene. Carotene-rich foods include breast milk, carrots, squash, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, beans, egg yolks, corn, and yams as well as red palm oil.

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ICD10CM:
E67.1 – Hypercarotinemia

SNOMEDCT:
35487009 – Carotenemia

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Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls

  • Jaundice (see neonatal jaundice)
  • Lycopenemia (orange-yellow skin discoloration due to the ingestion of large amounts of tomatoes)
  • Riboflavinemia
  • Hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus (type 1, type 2), and hepatic and renal diseases may be associated with carotenemia; they are not caused by ingestion of large quantities of carotene, however.

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Last Updated: 09/10/2018
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