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Scurvy in a 10-year-old boy.

Abstract

Scurvy, or hypovitaminosis C, is an uncommon condition that exists today primarily within certain unique populations-particularly the elderly subjects, patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities or psychiatric illnesses, or others with unusual dietary habits. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the human body, and is important in synthesizing collagen factor whose faulty production is responsible for most of the clinical manifestations of scurvy. These clinical manifestations can include dystrophic or corkscrew hairs, gingival hyperplasia, and weakened blood vessel walls, causing bleeding in the skin, joints, and other organs. Although rare in the Unites States, the presence of scurvy should not be forgotten because of its presence among susceptible populations. Moreover, with its diagnosis, treatment and cure is one of the simplest in modern medicine. We report a case of scurvy in a 10-year-old autistic child.

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    Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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    Pediatric dermatology 28:4 pg 444-6

    MeSH

    Ascorbic Acid
    Autistic Disorder
    Child
    Humans
    Male
    Periodontal Index
    Purpura
    Scurvy
    Treatment Outcome

    Pub Type(s)

    Case Reports
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    20561240

    Citation

    Cole, John A., et al. "Scurvy in a 10-year-old Boy." Pediatric Dermatology, vol. 28, no. 4, 2011, pp. 444-6.
    Cole JA, Warthan MM, Hirano SA, et al. Scurvy in a 10-year-old boy. Pediatr Dermatol. 2011;28(4):444-6.
    Cole, J. A., Warthan, M. M., Hirano, S. A., Gowen, C. W., & Williams, J. V. (2011). Scurvy in a 10-year-old boy. Pediatric Dermatology, 28(4), pp. 444-6. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1470.2010.01095.x.
    Cole JA, et al. Scurvy in a 10-year-old Boy. Pediatr Dermatol. 2011;28(4):444-6. PubMed PMID: 20561240.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Scurvy in a 10-year-old boy. AU - Cole,John A, AU - Warthan,Molly M, AU - Hirano,Stefanie A, AU - Gowen,Clarence W,Jr AU - Williams,Judith V, Y1 - 2010/06/16/ PY - 2010/6/22/entrez PY - 2010/6/22/pubmed PY - 2011/12/20/medline SP - 444 EP - 6 JF - Pediatric dermatology JO - Pediatr Dermatol VL - 28 IS - 4 N2 - Scurvy, or hypovitaminosis C, is an uncommon condition that exists today primarily within certain unique populations-particularly the elderly subjects, patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities or psychiatric illnesses, or others with unusual dietary habits. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the human body, and is important in synthesizing collagen factor whose faulty production is responsible for most of the clinical manifestations of scurvy. These clinical manifestations can include dystrophic or corkscrew hairs, gingival hyperplasia, and weakened blood vessel walls, causing bleeding in the skin, joints, and other organs. Although rare in the Unites States, the presence of scurvy should not be forgotten because of its presence among susceptible populations. Moreover, with its diagnosis, treatment and cure is one of the simplest in modern medicine. We report a case of scurvy in a 10-year-old autistic child. SN - 1525-1470 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20561240/Scurvy_in_a_10_year_old_boy_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1525-1470.2010.01095.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -