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May 17, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(20):1614-1615. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710460068023

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Icterus Caused by Baked Pumpkin  In some regions of Hungary, in the winter period, when the fruit season is over, the only dessert of poor people is baked pumpkin. Many of those who use this dessert complain of jaundice, although their general health is not impaired. Of course, they fail to mention the consumption of baked pumpkin, not suspecting that this may be the cause of their being yellow. The jaundice, which is not as great as in those suffering from total obstruction, is suggestive of a mild hemolytic icterus, and it is most evident on the palms and the soles. A characteristic of this kind of jaundice is that the bilirubin values of the blood serum remain normal, there is no bile in the urine, and disturbance of bile secretion cannot be verified. Some days after the consumption of pumpkin is given up, the jaundice ceases. According to Dr.

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