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A case of scurvy in Singapore in the year 2006.

Abstract

Scurvy is an ancient disease. Over the years, with advances in the understanding of the disease, general improvement in health standards and nutrition, scurvy is now rarely encountered. The few cases of scurvy reported in the 21st century mainly occurred in the neglected elderly, alcoholics and food faddist. We describe scurvy due to food selection in a 37-year-old woman with underlying eating and obsessive-compulsive disorders. With vitamin C replacement, psychiatric medication and cognitive behavioural therapy, there was a dramatic improvement in her condition. This case serves as a reminder to the clinician that, even though rare in today's practice, ascorbic acid deficiency is still encountered, and when recognised, is an easily treatable disease.

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    Department of Dermatology, Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road, Singapore 169608. makwaimun@yahoo.com.sg

    Source

    Singapore medical journal 48:12 2007 Dec pg 1151-5

    MeSH

    Adult
    Ascorbic Acid
    Ascorbic Acid Deficiency
    Female
    Follow-Up Studies
    Humans
    Risk Assessment
    Scurvy
    Singapore
    Treatment Outcome

    Pub Type(s)

    Case Reports
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    18043846

    Citation

    Mak, W M., and T Thirumoorthy. "A Case of Scurvy in Singapore in the Year 2006." Singapore Medical Journal, vol. 48, no. 12, 2007, pp. 1151-5.
    Mak WM, Thirumoorthy T. A case of scurvy in Singapore in the year 2006. Singapore Med J. 2007;48(12):1151-5.
    Mak, W. M., & Thirumoorthy, T. (2007). A case of scurvy in Singapore in the year 2006. Singapore Medical Journal, 48(12), pp. 1151-5.
    Mak WM, Thirumoorthy T. A Case of Scurvy in Singapore in the Year 2006. Singapore Med J. 2007;48(12):1151-5. PubMed PMID: 18043846.
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