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Diabetic Gustatory Sweating

DAVID D. STUART, M.D.
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Hennepin County Medical Center; Minneapolis, Minnesota


Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(2):223-224. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-89-2-223
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The term "gustatory sweating" refers to sweating induced by the ingestion of food. Facial sweating is a physiologic response to eating highly spiced food (1). In some persons facial sweating occurs as an idiosyncratic response to specific types of food; cheese is frequently a stimulant to sweating in susceptible persons (2). In contrast to physiologic gustatory sweating, which is diffuse and symmetrical (1), circumscribed gustatory sweating may develop after abscess, trauma, or surgery of the parotid gland, in which case it is known as Frey's syndrome (3). In 1973 Watkins (4) described the cases of six patients in whom diffuse

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