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A rare case of scurvy in an otherwise healthy child: diagnosis through oral signs.
Pediatr Dent 2010 Nov-Dec; 32(7):536-8PD

Abstract

The purpose of this paper was to report the case of a 2-year-old Caucasian female who was referred with a presumed diagnosis of pediatric rheumatoid arthritis. The patient presented widespread gingival swelling with bleeding, sharp pain, and halitosis. The patient also presented pain and swelling of the right knee joint, and psychomotor restlessness associated with muscular frailty. Little compliance on the part of both the patient and parents was also noted. Oral manifestations, together with an accurate medical history, led to the diagnosis of infantile scurvy, caused by an inadequate dietary supply of vitamin C. Administering 250 mg of ascorbic acid orally twice a day led to the remission of gingival swelling and of the other symptoms. The parents were advised to feed the child appropriate foods. Nutritional problems are traditionally linked to an insufficient availability of food, but can also be associated with child- or family-related psychological problems.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Medical-Surgical Specialities. Unit of Oral Surgery, Institute of Clinical Dentistry, University of Padova, Padova, Italy. christian.bacci@unipd.it

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21462768

Citation

Bacci, Christian, et al. "A Rare Case of Scurvy in an Otherwise Healthy Child: Diagnosis Through Oral Signs." Pediatric Dentistry, vol. 32, no. 7, 2010, pp. 536-8.
Bacci C, Sivolella S, Pellegrini J, et al. A rare case of scurvy in an otherwise healthy child: diagnosis through oral signs. Pediatr Dent. 2010;32(7):536-8.
Bacci, C., Sivolella, S., Pellegrini, J., Favero, L., & Berengo, M. (2010). A rare case of scurvy in an otherwise healthy child: diagnosis through oral signs. Pediatric Dentistry, 32(7), pp. 536-8.
Bacci C, et al. A Rare Case of Scurvy in an Otherwise Healthy Child: Diagnosis Through Oral Signs. Pediatr Dent. 2010;32(7):536-8. PubMed PMID: 21462768.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A rare case of scurvy in an otherwise healthy child: diagnosis through oral signs. AU - Bacci,Christian, AU - Sivolella,Stefano, AU - Pellegrini,Jacopo, AU - Favero,Lorenzo, AU - Berengo,Mario, PY - 2011/4/6/entrez PY - 2011/4/6/pubmed PY - 2011/5/3/medline SP - 536 EP - 8 JF - Pediatric dentistry JO - Pediatr Dent VL - 32 IS - 7 N2 - The purpose of this paper was to report the case of a 2-year-old Caucasian female who was referred with a presumed diagnosis of pediatric rheumatoid arthritis. The patient presented widespread gingival swelling with bleeding, sharp pain, and halitosis. The patient also presented pain and swelling of the right knee joint, and psychomotor restlessness associated with muscular frailty. Little compliance on the part of both the patient and parents was also noted. Oral manifestations, together with an accurate medical history, led to the diagnosis of infantile scurvy, caused by an inadequate dietary supply of vitamin C. Administering 250 mg of ascorbic acid orally twice a day led to the remission of gingival swelling and of the other symptoms. The parents were advised to feed the child appropriate foods. Nutritional problems are traditionally linked to an insufficient availability of food, but can also be associated with child- or family-related psychological problems. SN - 0164-1263 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21462768/A_rare_case_of_scurvy_in_an_otherwise_healthy_child:_diagnosis_through_oral_signs_ L2 - https://www.ingentaconnect.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0164-1263&volume=32&issue=7&spage=536&aulast=Bacci DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -