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Pickle Body Odor - could this be digestive?

02/26/2008

Question:

I have a co-worker who emits a VERY strong pickle-like smell. I have never seen her eat a pickle. It isn`t just from her breath, although that is the strongest. Her body puts off the odor too. What could be the cause of this? It isn`t the vinegar scent like bad feet either, it is more pungent and, well, dill like.

Answer:

It could be but is hard to say. Does she have any other underlying medical conditions, for example, kidney or liver problems? These are the other organs that help people excrete things.

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Response by:

Julia Gore Thornton, MD Julia Gore Thornton, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University