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Scurvy extinct? Think again!
Int J Clin Pediatr Dent 2009; 2(3):39-42IJ

Abstract

Scurvy is still seen sporadically in the developed world. Scurvy, a dietary disease due to the deficient intake of vitamin C, is uncommon in the pediatric population. Scurvy occurs as a result of decreased vitamin C consumption or absorption. We present the case of a 6-year-old boy visiting our department with bleeding gums, musculoskeletal pain, and weakness. Four days after starting oral vitamin C supplementation, there was significant improvement in the patient's gingival appearance and general health. The clinical presentation and laboratory investigation (Hemoglobin %, total blood picture) , together with the dramatic therapeutic response to ascorbic acid administration, confirmed the diagnosis of scurvy. Scurvy can be missed unless oral and general physicians maintain a high index of suspicion. Therefore it is time to wonder if scurvy is extinct yet.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.Postgraduate Student, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.Principal, Professor and Head, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25206121

Citation

Desai, Vela D., et al. "Scurvy Extinct? Think Again!" International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, vol. 2, no. 3, 2009, pp. 39-42.
Desai VD, Hegde S, Bailoor DN, et al. Scurvy extinct? Think again! Int J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2009;2(3):39-42.
Desai, V. D., Hegde, S., Bailoor, D. N., & Patil, N. (2009). Scurvy extinct? Think again! International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, 2(3), pp. 39-42. doi:10.5005/jp-journals-10005-1017.
Desai VD, et al. Scurvy Extinct? Think Again. Int J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2009;2(3):39-42. PubMed PMID: 25206121.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Scurvy extinct? Think again! AU - Desai,Vela D, AU - Hegde,Shweta, AU - Bailoor,Durgesh N, AU - Patil,Neelkant, Y1 - 2009/12/26/ PY - 2009/10/03/received PY - 2009/11/05/accepted PY - 2014/9/11/entrez PY - 2009/9/1/pubmed PY - 2009/9/1/medline KW - Diet KW - gingival enlargement. KW - gingival hemorrhage KW - scurvy KW - vitamin C deficiency SP - 39 EP - 42 JF - International journal of clinical pediatric dentistry JO - Int J Clin Pediatr Dent VL - 2 IS - 3 N2 - Scurvy is still seen sporadically in the developed world. Scurvy, a dietary disease due to the deficient intake of vitamin C, is uncommon in the pediatric population. Scurvy occurs as a result of decreased vitamin C consumption or absorption. We present the case of a 6-year-old boy visiting our department with bleeding gums, musculoskeletal pain, and weakness. Four days after starting oral vitamin C supplementation, there was significant improvement in the patient's gingival appearance and general health. The clinical presentation and laboratory investigation (Hemoglobin %, total blood picture) , together with the dramatic therapeutic response to ascorbic acid administration, confirmed the diagnosis of scurvy. Scurvy can be missed unless oral and general physicians maintain a high index of suspicion. Therefore it is time to wonder if scurvy is extinct yet. SN - 0974-7052 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25206121/Scurvy_extinct_Think_again L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/25206121/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -