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July 1962


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Arch Ophthalmol. 1962;68(1):4-7. doi:10.1001/archopht.1962.00960030008003

With all the progress and advancement in medical education of the lay public, we were amazed to find the occurrence of hypercarotenemia in this modern age. Since the condition is rare and was seen in 2 patients in less than 24 hours, we thought it was worth reporting in the medical literature.

Carotenodermia, xanthosis cutis, pseudoicterus, or hyperlipochromemia, are all different terms used to describe a yellowish, or even orange-colored pigmentation of the skin, developing after excessive consumption of carotene-rich foods, such as carrots or carrot juice.1 Intake of large quantities of these products has been practiced by some diabetic patients and has erroneously been thought by many people to be the cure for many eye diseases, such as night blindness or cataracts. The yellowish pigment starts from the nasolabial folds and palms of the hands and gradually extends over the entire body, including the soles of the feet,

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