Did you say yellow palm ?

Selma El Kadiri, Zakia Douhi, Rhizlane Chaoui, Sara Elloudi, Hanane Baybay, Fatima Zahra Mernissi

Department of Dermatology and Venereology, University Hospital Hassan II, Fez, Morocco

Corresponding author: Dr. Selma El Kadiri

Submission: 27.04.2020; Acceptance: 24.06.2020

DOI: 10.7241/ourd.2020e.67

Cite this article: El Kadiri S, Douhi Z, Chaoui R, Elloudi S, Baybay H, Mernissi FZ. Did you say yellow palm ? Our Dermatol Online. 2020;11(e):e67.1

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A 24-year-old woman presented with orange discoloration of right palm that had begun one-day before (Fig. 1). The rest of her skin, sclera, and other mucous membranes were normally colored. She had no history of alimentary disturbance. She didn’t report any abdominal symptoms or modification in the color of her urine. She had eaten a large number of tomatoes and spinach for the last 2 days. She didn’t take any energy drinks. Blood examination including, She was advised to reduce the amount of spinach and tomatoes. The discoloration had faded several days after.

Figure 1: Yellow discoloration of the right palm.

Carotenoderma is a yellowish discoloration of the skin especially of the palms, soles, and central face which is sometimes seen in diabetic patients and patients with trisomy 21 [1]. It is more common in children and is not associated with the ingestion of carrots. It can be induced by oranges, squash, spinach, yellow corn, butter, eggs, pumpkin, yellow turnips, sweet potatoes, mango, and dried seaweeds. An excess intake of lycopene-rich foods (tomato, papaya) may induce lycopenemia and skin findings similar to carotenoderma. It is clinically apparent when serum carotene levels are three to four times normal [2]. The discoloration spares the sclera and mucosal surfaces, which can be used to differentiate this benign condition from jaundice. Elimination of the offending food results in normalization of skin color in 2 to 6 weeks. Carotenemia also occurs in diabetes mellitus and hypothyroidism due to impaired hepatic conversion of carotene to vitamin A. It has been reported in anorexia nervosa with undetermined etiology [3].


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3. Ahluwalia J, Yan AC. Carotenoderma associated with a diet rich in red palm oil. Cutis. 2018;101:E4-E5.


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