Diabetic gustatory sweating

South Med J. 2002 Mar;95(3):360-2.


Gustatory sweating is a potential manifestation of autonomic dysfunction in diabetes. This syndrome is seen in long-standing diabetes and is associated with nephropathy, peripheral neuropathy, and other signs of dysautonomia. Symptoms of profuse head and neck diaphoresis with eating may suggest this clinical diagnosis. We present a patient who had complicated diabetes with symptoms of gustatory sweating and other evidence of dysautonomia. Diagnosis and treatment possibilities are discussed, with a review of the literature and an emphasis on bedside testing.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sweating, Gustatory / diagnosis*
  • Sweating, Gustatory / etiology*
  • Sweating, Gustatory / therapy