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Identification and treatment of scurvy: a case report.

Abstract

Scurvy is a nondiscriminatory disease process resulting from a nutritional deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The severe vitamin deficiency produces a breakdown in the cellular structure of the body. This case report describes a middle-age woman with a history of edema, bruising of the lower extremities, anemia, and severe periodontal disease. Her presentation and medical history are classic for the signs of scurvy. Scurvy is now only uncommonly seen in developed countries, but there are still vulnerable populations whose nutritional status can lead to scurvy. The aim of this report is to help the clinician identify and treat scurvy, a disease that was once feared for its high mortality but is now easily treatable, even in cases that have progressed to multiple organ dysfunction and failure.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Keesler Medical Center, Biloxi, MS, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16301149

Citation

Halligan, Timothy J., et al. "Identification and Treatment of Scurvy: a Case Report." Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontics, vol. 100, no. 6, 2005, pp. 688-92.
Halligan TJ, Russell NG, Dunn WJ, et al. Identification and treatment of scurvy: a case report. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2005;100(6):688-92.
Halligan, T. J., Russell, N. G., Dunn, W. J., Caldroney, S. J., & Skelton, T. B. (2005). Identification and treatment of scurvy: a case report. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontics, 100(6), pp. 688-92.
Halligan TJ, et al. Identification and Treatment of Scurvy: a Case Report. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2005;100(6):688-92. PubMed PMID: 16301149.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Identification and treatment of scurvy: a case report. AU - Halligan,Timothy J, AU - Russell,Nathan G, AU - Dunn,William J, AU - Caldroney,Steven J, AU - Skelton,Timothy B, Y1 - 2005/09/26/ PY - 2005/02/22/received PY - 2005/03/31/revised PY - 2005/04/06/accepted PY - 2005/11/23/pubmed PY - 2006/3/8/medline PY - 2005/11/23/entrez SP - 688 EP - 92 JF - Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, and endodontics JO - Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod VL - 100 IS - 6 N2 - Scurvy is a nondiscriminatory disease process resulting from a nutritional deficiency of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The severe vitamin deficiency produces a breakdown in the cellular structure of the body. This case report describes a middle-age woman with a history of edema, bruising of the lower extremities, anemia, and severe periodontal disease. Her presentation and medical history are classic for the signs of scurvy. Scurvy is now only uncommonly seen in developed countries, but there are still vulnerable populations whose nutritional status can lead to scurvy. The aim of this report is to help the clinician identify and treat scurvy, a disease that was once feared for its high mortality but is now easily treatable, even in cases that have progressed to multiple organ dysfunction and failure. SN - 1528-395X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16301149/Identification_and_treatment_of_scurvy:_a_case_report_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1079-2104(05)00436-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -