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Carrot man: A case of excessive beta-carotene ingestion


  • Randy A. Sansone MD,

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    1. Department of Psychiatry, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
    2. Department of Internal Medicine, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
    3. Department of Psychiatry, Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio
    • Sycamore Primary Care Center, 2115 Leiter Road, Miamisburg, OH 45342
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  • Lori A. Sansone MD

    1. Department of Primary Care, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio
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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; 45:816–818)