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A case of scurvy in Singapore in the year 2006.
Singapore Med J 2007; 48(12):1151-5SM

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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road, Singapore 169608. makwaimun@yahoo.com.sgNo affiliation info available

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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