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Other Names for this Disease
- Fish malodor syndrome
- Fish odor syndrome
- Stale fish syndrome
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Your QuestionCan the high levels of trimethylamine and fishy smell just involve the urine?
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Yes, it is possible for the fish-like smell to just involve the urine, as symptoms vary from person to person in trimethylaminuria. The accumulated trimethylamine may also be released in the person's sweat, reproductive fluids, and breath, giving off a fish-like odor. If you or someone you know is concerned that they may have trimethylaminuria, we recommend speaking with a healthcare provider.
Last updated: 6/22/2012
- Trimethylaminuria. Genetics Home Reference Web site. April 2007; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=trimethylaminuria. Accessed 7/21/2010.