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Scurvy: forgotten but definitely not gone.
J Pediatr Health Care 2009 Nov-Dec; 23(6):405-15JP

Abstract

Scurvy, a disease of vitamin C deficiency, is purportedly rare in the United States yet frequently may be misdiagnosed. Presenting symptoms include bone pain, limping, rashes, or spongy bleeding gingiva. These symptoms mimic many other disorders, which often results in numerous unnecessary, invasive, and expensive procedural investigations. The strongest indication of a scurvy diagnosis is the dramatic response to the administration of vitamin C. This case report demonstrates the complexities involved in determining the cause of one child's symptoms. A thorough nutritional history and a shrewd clinician are essential to the early diagnosis and treatment of scurvy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Florida College of Nursing, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA. popovdm@ufl.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19875028

Citation

Popovich, Debbie, et al. "Scurvy: Forgotten but Definitely Not Gone." Journal of Pediatric Health Care : Official Publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners, vol. 23, no. 6, 2009, pp. 405-15.
Popovich D, McAlhany A, Adewumi AO, et al. Scurvy: forgotten but definitely not gone. J Pediatr Health Care. 2009;23(6):405-15.
Popovich, D., McAlhany, A., Adewumi, A. O., & Barnes, M. M. (2009). Scurvy: forgotten but definitely not gone. Journal of Pediatric Health Care : Official Publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners, 23(6), pp. 405-15. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2008.10.008.
Popovich D, et al. Scurvy: Forgotten but Definitely Not Gone. J Pediatr Health Care. 2009;23(6):405-15. PubMed PMID: 19875028.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Scurvy: forgotten but definitely not gone. AU - Popovich,Debbie, AU - McAlhany,Allison, AU - Adewumi,Abimbola O, AU - Barnes,Marilyn McKim, Y1 - 2009/02/10/ PY - 2008/08/28/received PY - 2008/10/24/revised PY - 2008/10/25/accepted PY - 2009/10/31/entrez PY - 2009/10/31/pubmed PY - 2010/1/12/medline SP - 405 EP - 15 JF - Journal of pediatric health care : official publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners JO - J Pediatr Health Care VL - 23 IS - 6 N2 - Scurvy, a disease of vitamin C deficiency, is purportedly rare in the United States yet frequently may be misdiagnosed. Presenting symptoms include bone pain, limping, rashes, or spongy bleeding gingiva. These symptoms mimic many other disorders, which often results in numerous unnecessary, invasive, and expensive procedural investigations. The strongest indication of a scurvy diagnosis is the dramatic response to the administration of vitamin C. This case report demonstrates the complexities involved in determining the cause of one child's symptoms. A thorough nutritional history and a shrewd clinician are essential to the early diagnosis and treatment of scurvy. SN - 1532-656X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19875028/Scurvy:_forgotten_but_definitely_not_gone_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0891-5245(08)00344-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -