Chinese restaurant syndrome

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Chinese restaurant syndrome

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Chinese restaurant syndrome


Definition A popular term for an abrupt allergic reaction, the susceptibility to which is autosomal recessive (OMIM:231630), and caused by sensitivity to monosodium glutamate–MSG, a seasoning used in Chinese restaurants and in soy sauce

Clinical findings Abrupt onset of severe headaches, heartburn, numbness, palpitations, vertigo–especially with chronic MSG exposure, thirst, abdominal and chest pains/heartburn, sweating, and flushing, which develops one-half hour after exposure, and lasts up to 12 hours.

Management None is generally required, as the response is usually self-limited; antihistamines may be given as needed. 

Synonym Monosodium glutamate allergy, MSG allergy 

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