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Case Study: Vitamin A toxicity secondary to excessive intake of yellow-green vegetables, liver and laver.

This is another one meant to show that an excessive intake of plant carotenoids can cause hypervitaminosis A on its own, as well as liver and seaweed (laver).

Note that auriantiais cutis is "a yellowish skin pigmentation that results from eating excessive amounts of foods containing carotene, such as carrots."

Vitamin A toxicity secondary to excessive intake of yellow-green vegetables, liver and laver.

We report a case of sudden onset of vitamin A poisoning. A 20-year-old Japanese woman had been eating pumpkin and only a very limited amount of other foods on a daily basis for 2 years. She was overly concerned about weight reduction. Aurantiasis cutis and abnormal liver function tests were noted by her family doctor in 1995 when she was 18 years old. At that time, she stopped eating pumpkin. However, she secretly continued an excessive intake of other beta-carotene-rich vegetables, liver and laver for about 2 years. Two and one-half years after being seen by her family physician, she experienced sudden onset of low-grade fever, limb edema, cheilitis, dry skin, and headache. These symptoms worsened daily. A liver needle biopsy was performed, and it showed a normal portal tract along with fat-laden Ito cells in the space of Disse. A final diagnosis of vitamin A poisoning and hepatic injury secondary to an eating disorder was made. Her symptoms and serum beta-carotene levels returned to normal with successful adjustment of her diet.

Dr. Garrett Smith, the "Nutrition Detective"
Licensed Naturopathic Physician (NMD) in Arizona, home of the Love Your Liver program
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