Chinese restaurant syndrome


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monosodium glutamate

 [mon″o-so´de-um]
a salt of glutamic acid, used as a pharmaceutic necessity, and also used to enhance the flavor of foods. See also Chinese restaurant syndrome.

Chi·nese res·tau·rant syn·drome

development of chest pain, feelings of facial pressure, and sensation of burning over variable portions of the body surface after ingestion of food containing monosodium l-glutamate (MSG) by those sensitive to this food additive.

Chinese restaurant syndrome

a group of transient symptoms consisting of tingling and burning sensations of the skin, facial pressure, headache, and chest pain that occur immediately after eating food containing monosodium glutamate, frequently used in Chinese cooking. It is a pharmacological reaction and not an allergic reaction.
An abrupt allergic reaction, the susceptibility to which is autosomal recessive, caused by sensitivity to monosodium glutamate (MSG), a seasoning used in Chinese restaurants and in soy sauce
Management None needed, usually self-limited; antihistamines in some patients

Chinese restaurant syndrome

Monosodium glutamate allergy, MSG allergy An abrupt allergic reaction, the susceptibility to which is AR, caused by sensitivity to monosodium glutamate–MSG, a seasoning used in Chinese restaurants and in soy sauce Clinical Abrupt onset of severe headaches, heartburn, numbness, palpitations, vertigo–especially with chronic MSG exposure, thirst, abdominal and chest pains/heartburn, sweating, and flushing. Onset 30 min after meal, lasting up to 12 h Management Nada, usually self-limited; antihistamines in some Pts. See MSG.

Chi·nese res·tau·rant syn·drome

(chī-nēz' rest'ă-rahnt sin'drōm)
Colloquial usage for development of chest pain, feelings of facial pressure, and a sensation of burning over variable portions of the body surface after ingestion of food that contains monosodium l-glutamate (MSG) by people sensitive to this food additive.

Chinese restaurant syndrome

Headache, nausea, a tight or burning sensation in the face, head and chest and sometimes dizziness and diarrhoea coming on one to two hours after a meal containing a large amount of MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE. Some critics reject this explanation.

Chinese restaurant,

a dining establishment that serves Chinese food.
Chinese restaurant syndrome - chest pain, facial pressure, and burning sensation that develops after persons sensitive to monosodium glutamate ingest this food additive. Synonym(s): Kwok quease
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Tarasoff and Kelley claimed to remedy the previous flaws by: using MSG in capsules and a soft drink to prevent aftertaste bias; eliminating data from individuals who did report an aftertaste, also to eliminate bias; using more rigorous statistical analysis; and most of all, reducing the possibility of symptom suggestion by telling subjects they were participating in the "evaluation of a new soft drink," thereby avoiding all mention of the terms MSG, or Chinese Restaurant Syndrome.
Although some individuals experience sensations, collectively referred to as the Chinese Restaurant Syndrome, there is no clinical data that links MSG, when used as a food additive, with any long-term adverse consequences.
Prior to the study, half the men had reported symptoms of Chinese restaurant syndrome.
2) Seven also had the symptoms of Chinese Restaurant Syndrome.

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