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Carotinemia. Presented by Dr. S. M. Bluefarb and Dr. Harold H. Rodin, and (by invitation) Dr. Leonard Hoit.
The patient, a 32-year-old white woman, was admitted to the Cook County Hospital for uncontrolled diabetes. She has been a known diabetic since 1943. In 1939 and 1940, she lost the sight of both eyes from "cataracts." She has had three previous admissions for uncontrolled diabetes. As part of her diet, she has been eating at least one-half cup of chopped carrots daily.
Her past history is otherwise negative, and the family history is noncontributory.
On physical examination blood pressure was 158 systolic and 100 diastolic. There were diffuse orange-yellow discolored areas of the skin which were most marked on palms and soles.
Laboratory Findings: The urine was normal. Blood examination showed 90% hemoglobin and 5,800 white cells. Blood chemistry showed N.P.N. 28 mg., fasting blood sugar 234 mg., total protein 7.5