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J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Apr;46(4):1464-70. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2660-x.

Brief Report: Scurvy as a Manifestation of Food Selectivity in Children with Autism.

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Division of Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115, USA.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
Center for Nutrition, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.


Scurvy was diagnosed in seven children at Boston Children's Hospital. All of the children had a developmental disorder and autism was the most common. They had a long-standing history of food selectivity with diets devoid of fruits and vegetables, and none of the children were supplemented with a multivitamin. They presented with limp, and an elaborate panel of tests and procedures were undertaken before the diagnosis of scurvy was made. Treatment with vitamin C led to rapid recovery of symptoms. This report emphasizes the importance of considering nutritional causes of musculoskeletal symptoms in children with autism and restrictive diets.


Autism; Children; Developmental disorder; Food selectivity; Scurvy; Sensory processing disorder; Vitamin C

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