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J Emerg Med. 2001 Oct;21(3):235-7.

Scurvy identified in the emergency department: a case report.

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University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.


Scurvy, caused by a lack of Vitamin C in the diet, is thought to occur only sporadically in developed countries. The signs and symptoms are diverse but generally follow a predictable progression most striking for their hemorrhagic component, particularly of the skin, gums, and joints. We report a case of scurvy in an elderly, alcoholic woman. The diagnosis was contemplated based on dermatologic findings and a dietary history. All symptoms resolved within 10 days of oral ascorbic acid supplementation. Patients most at risk for developing scurvy include food faddists, the isolated elderly, and the mentally ill.

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