Saturday, July 12, 2008

Medical Fact of the Day

Trimethylaminuria is a rare metabolic disorder commonly known as "Fish Odor Syndrome." Patients suffering from this condition are unable to breakdown trimethylamine (TMA), the compound responsible for giving fish their "fishy" smell. The body releases the unprocessed TMA via sweat glands, urine, saliva,and reproductive solutions, creating a powerful fish-like smell that is constantly present.

There are no cures for Trimethylaminuria, but patients can modify their diets to decrease their levels of TMA, and mitigate the concentration of unpleasant odors.

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