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J Fr Ophtalmol. 2011 Mar;34(3):186.e1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jfo.2010.10.018.

[Unusual retinal abnormality: retinal hemorrhages related to scurvy].

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  • 1Service d'ophtalmologie, hôpital Lariboisière, Assistance publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, université Paris-VII, 2, rue Ambroise-Paré, 75010 Paris, France.


A diet restricted to rice and boiled fruit and vegetables leads to vitamin C deficiency. We describe the third case, to our knowledge, of retinal hemorrhages related to scurvy. Reduced bilateral visual acuity in a 50-year-old patient was associated with macrocytic anemia, denutrition, and cutaneous ecchymoses. Oral vitamin C treatment provided subjective clinical improvement and regression of the retinal hemorrhages on fundus examination, with no side effects. Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen stability in vascular and bone walls.

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