Symptoms & Signs
- Chest pain
- Numbness or burning in or around the mouth
- Sense of facial pressure or swelling
Diagnosis & Tests
Chinese restaurant syndrome is usually diagnosed based on the symptoms. The health care provider may ask the following questions as well:
- Have you eaten Chinese food within the past 2 hours?
- Have you eaten any other food that may contain monosodium glutamate within the past 2 hours?
The following signs may also be used to aid in diagnosis:
- Abnormal heart rhythm observed on an electrocardiogram
- Decreased air entry into the lungs
- Rapid heart rate
Review Date : 11/16/2008
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, Family Physician, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.