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Question: sweat smells like maple syrup

 aks1 - Sun Oct 16, 2005 5:46 am

My daughter is 20 months old and all the sudden she started to smell like maple syrup after running around. This has only occurred the one time but of course decided to look on the internet and there was something called maple syrup urine disease. Is this a possiblity or was it something she just ate? any hellp would be appreciated, probable just being paranoid.

Thanks so much
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:32 pm

Maple syrup urine disease usually presents in newborns with lethargy, poor feeding, vomiting and urine that characteristically smells like maple syrup. However, reports of otherwise healthy infants with the odor characteristic for MSUD exist. The reason for this observation is not known.
Therapy involves dietary restrictions and vitamin supplementation.
If you find yourself concerned, consult with your doctor about the necessary investigations.

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