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Arch Argent Pediatr. 2018 Oct 1;116(5):e684-e687. doi: 10.5546/aap.2018.eng.e684.

Scurvy due to restrictive diet in a child with autism spectrum disorder: case report.

[Article in English, Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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1
Departamento de Pediatría, Servicio de Clínica Pediátrica, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires. melina.saavedra@hiba.org.ar.
2
Departamento de Pediatría, Servicio de Clínica Pediátrica, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires.

Abstract

in English, Spanish

Scurvy is a very uncommon entity in pediatric population. Some case reports have been published in infants fed with boiled milk, in patients with iron overload secondary to hematological diseases and in children with food restrictions secondary to neurodevelopmental disorders. We report a case of a 4-year-old male patient with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, which developed scurvy secondary to a long-term selective eating habit without fruit or vegetable intake. The objective of this case report is to announce the pediatrician and other professionals dedicated to primary health care about scurvy as a potential consequence of restrictive diets in children with autism spectrum disorders as well as the importance of dietary history in sick patients to prevent associated micronutrient deficiencies.

KEYWORDS:

Ascorbic add; Autism spectrum disorder; Feeding and Eating Disorders; Nutritional Deficiency; Scurvy

PMID:
30204999
DOI:
10.5546/aap.2018.eng.e684
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