Other Names for this Disease
- Deficiency of vitamin C
- Vitamin C deficiency
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vitamin C in their diet. Although scurvy is relatively rare in the United States, it continues to be a problem in malnourished populations around the world (such as impoverished, underdeveloped third world countries). Early features of the condition include general weakness, fatigue and aching limbs. If left untreated, more serious problems can develop such as anemia, gum disease, and skin hemorrhages. Symptoms generally develop after at least 3 months of severe or total vitamin C deficiency. Treatment consists of vitamin C supplements taken by mouth.Scurvy is a condition that develops in people who do not consume an adequate amount of
Last updated: 6/9/2015
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