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Scurvy: bilateral lower extremity ecchymoses and paraparesis.
Ann Emerg Med. 1982 Aug; 11(8):446-8.AE

Abstract

A 46-year-old man presented with two weeks of progressive paraparesis and large confluent ecchymoses of both thighs. There was a history of poor dietary intake and daily alcohol use. He had had similar problems each of the past two winters. In 1979 he required hospitalization for "sciatica." In 1980 he was bedridden for two months because of lower extremity weakness. Examination revealed poorly fitting dentures, large confluent ecchymoses of both thighs, perifollicular hemorrhages, and a low serum ascorbic acid concentration. Oral ascorbic acid was begun in the hospital and all clinical symptomatic consequences of scurvy rapidly resolved. We present this case to reiterate the clinical presentation of scurvy and to emphasize the importance of recognizing early signs of nutritional deficiencies that may be confused with more common, but often less treatable, diseases.

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

7103165

Citation

Allen, J I., et al. "Scurvy: Bilateral Lower Extremity Ecchymoses and Paraparesis." Annals of Emergency Medicine, vol. 11, no. 8, 1982, pp. 446-8.
Allen JI, Naas PL, Perri RT. Scurvy: bilateral lower extremity ecchymoses and paraparesis. Ann Emerg Med. 1982;11(8):446-8.
Allen, J. I., Naas, P. L., & Perri, R. T. (1982). Scurvy: bilateral lower extremity ecchymoses and paraparesis. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 11(8), 446-8.
Allen JI, Naas PL, Perri RT. Scurvy: Bilateral Lower Extremity Ecchymoses and Paraparesis. Ann Emerg Med. 1982;11(8):446-8. PubMed PMID: 7103165.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Scurvy: bilateral lower extremity ecchymoses and paraparesis. AU - Allen,J I, AU - Naas,P L, AU - Perri,R T, PY - 1982/8/1/pubmed PY - 1982/8/1/medline PY - 1982/8/1/entrez SP - 446 EP - 8 JF - Annals of emergency medicine JO - Ann Emerg Med VL - 11 IS - 8 N2 - A 46-year-old man presented with two weeks of progressive paraparesis and large confluent ecchymoses of both thighs. There was a history of poor dietary intake and daily alcohol use. He had had similar problems each of the past two winters. In 1979 he required hospitalization for "sciatica." In 1980 he was bedridden for two months because of lower extremity weakness. Examination revealed poorly fitting dentures, large confluent ecchymoses of both thighs, perifollicular hemorrhages, and a low serum ascorbic acid concentration. Oral ascorbic acid was begun in the hospital and all clinical symptomatic consequences of scurvy rapidly resolved. We present this case to reiterate the clinical presentation of scurvy and to emphasize the importance of recognizing early signs of nutritional deficiencies that may be confused with more common, but often less treatable, diseases. SN - 0196-0644 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/7103165/Scurvy:_bilateral_lower_extremity_ecchymoses_and_paraparesis_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0196-0644(82)80047-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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