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Cases J. 2009 Jun 5;2:7762. doi: 10.4076/1757-1626-2-7762.

Nutritional optic and peripheral neuropathy: a case report.

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  • 1A&E Department, St Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EH, UK. laura.nightingale@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The link between nutritional status and either optic or peripheral neuropathies is well established with tobacco, ethanol, deficiencies in thiamine, vitamin A, B12, B3 and B6 and protein-energy malnutrition all being causative.

CASE PRESENTATION:

We describe the case of a 32-year-old Afro-Caribbean of Jamaican origin presenting with blurred vision and a painful burning sensation in his feet. The clinical features were consistent with optic and peripheral neuropathy.

CONCLUSIONS:

The patient followed a strict vegan diet and consumed no animal products. A review of the literature highlights similarities between this case and Strachan's syndrome, a combination of optic and peripheral neuropathy and cutaneous excoriation, providing further evidence for the association between this clinical presentation, dietary deficiency and, as recently postulated, previous residence in a tropical or sub-tropical climate.

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19830009
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PMCID:
PMC2740016
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