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Q: What Medical Condition Causes Body Odor?

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Merely Me, Health Guide
12/ 4/11 12:16pm

Hi there

 

If the body odor is extreme or chronic it may be a metabolic disorder.

 

According to Medline Plus:

 

"The hereditary disorder is called trimethylaminuria (TMAU), a disease that impairs the ability of an enzyme to metabolize or transform the compound trimethylamine (TMA). TMA is produced when we digest foods rich in a substance called choline -- including saltwater fish, eggs, liver and certain legumes, like soy and kidney beans."

 

Hope this helps some.  Thank you for your question.

 

 

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