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Scurvy in a nonalcoholic person in the United States.

Abstract

Scurvy is rarely diagnosed in our society today. The authors describe the case of a 31-year-old man with weakness, gingival pain, and a rash over the lower extremities. He had a history of poor nutritional intake, no alcohol consumption, and a 13 pack-year history of cigarette smoking. Laboratory studies revealed an extremely deficient serum ascorbic acid level. Treatment was begun with oral ascorbic acid tablets and, within 3 days after discharge, all clinical symptoms of scurvy had resolved. Scurvy is an easily treated disease and should be considered when there is an appropriate history and classic clinical findings. Because vitamin C deficiency can be seen in many chronic disease states, it is important to recognize some of the early features and clinical manifestations of such nutritional deficiencies.

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    Richmond Heights General Hospital, Ohio.

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    MeSH

    Adult
    Diet
    Humans
    Male
    Scurvy
    Smoking
    Temperance
    United States

    Pub Type(s)

    Case Reports
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    1483883

    Citation

    Assi, M E., et al. "Scurvy in a Nonalcoholic Person in the United States." The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, vol. 92, no. 12, 1992, pp. 1529-31.
    Assi ME, Thomas G, Taub SJ, et al. Scurvy in a nonalcoholic person in the United States. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1992;92(12):1529-31.
    Assi, M. E., Thomas, G., Taub, S. J., Thomas, H., Thomas, J. R., & Stang, R. J. (1992). Scurvy in a nonalcoholic person in the United States. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 92(12), pp. 1529-31.
    Assi ME, et al. Scurvy in a Nonalcoholic Person in the United States. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1992;92(12):1529-31. PubMed PMID: 1483883.
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