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Scurvy


Other Names for this Disease
  • Vitamin C deficiency
  • Deficiency of vitamin C
  • Scorbutus
  • Hypoascorbemia
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Overview

Scurvy is a condition that develops in people who do not consume an adequate amount of 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.[1][2]
Last updated: 6/9/2015

References

  1. Lynne Goebel, MD. Scurvy. Medscape Reference. March 2013; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/125350-overview.
  2. Sassan Pazirandeh, MD; Clifford W Lo, MD, MPH, ScD; David L Burns, MD. Overview of water-soluble vitamins. UpToDate. September 2014; Accessed 6/10/2015.
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Basic Information

  • DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
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  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Vitamin C deficiency
  • Deficiency of vitamin C
  • Scorbutus
  • Hypoascorbemia
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.