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Scurvy

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by Kohnle D

(Vitamin C Deficiency; Scorbutus)

 

Definition

Scurvy is a condition caused by an insufficient amount of vitamin C for a prolonged period of time. The condition causes weakness, impaired wound healing, anemia, and gingivitis. Scurvy is very rare in the United States and occurs most commonly in malnourished older adults and chronic alcoholics.
Gingivitis
Gingivitis
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RESOURCES

American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org

Nutrition.gov
http://www.nutrition.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Dietitians of Canada
http://www.dietitians.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php

 

References


Clemetson A. Shaken baby or scurvy? General Vaccine Issues. Vaccine Risk Awareness Network website. Available at: http://vran.org/vaccines/sbs/sbs-clemetson.htm. Accessed April 15, 2007.


Weinstein M, Babyn P, Zlotkin S. An orange a day keeps the doctor away: scurvy in the year 2000. Pediatrics. 2001;108:e55. Pediatrics website. Available at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/108/3/e55.full.html. Accessed April 15, 2007.

 

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