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An unusual presentation of scurvy following head injury.
Indian J Med Sci 2002; 56(9):440-2IJ

Abstract

We report an unusual clinical presentation of scurvy in a one and half year old child. The child presented with abrupt onset of peri-orbital ecchymoses and scalp hemorrhage following head injury. The child also had a history of temper tantrums and head banging. Our case did not have any of the typical clinical features of scurvy. The diagnosis was eventually confirmed radiologically and by observing a dramatic response to vitamin C therapy. It is important to remember that scurvy can present atypically i.e. without bleeding gums, painful limbs, pseudo-paralysis or scorbutic rosary. Scurvy should be kept as a differential diagnosis in a young child presenting with bleeding manifestations. Taking a detailed dietary history is of utmost importance in pediatric practice.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, LTM Medical College, LTMG Hospital, Sion, Mumbai 400 022.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12710340

Citation

Ahuja, S R., and S Karande. "An Unusual Presentation of Scurvy Following Head Injury." Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, vol. 56, no. 9, 2002, pp. 440-2.
Ahuja SR, Karande S. An unusual presentation of scurvy following head injury. Indian J Med Sci. 2002;56(9):440-2.
Ahuja, S. R., & Karande, S. (2002). An unusual presentation of scurvy following head injury. Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, 56(9), pp. 440-2.
Ahuja SR, Karande S. An Unusual Presentation of Scurvy Following Head Injury. Indian J Med Sci. 2002;56(9):440-2. PubMed PMID: 12710340.
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