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Scurvy, periungual hemorrhage
Scurvy, periungual hemorrhage


Scurvy, corkscrew hair
Scurvy, corkscrew hair


Scurvy corkscrew hairs
Scurvy corkscrew hairs


Scurvy

Definition:

Scurvy is a condition characterized by general weakness, anemia , gum disease (gingivitis), and skin hemorrhages resulting from a lack of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in the diet. Scurvy is now most frequently seen in older, malnourished adults, and is rare in the United States.



Alternative Names:

Vitamin C deficiency; Deficiency - vitamin C; Scorbutus



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References:

Rakel D, ed. Integrative Medicine. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007.

Mason JB. Vitamins, trace minerals, and other micronutrients. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 237.




Review Date: 3/14/2009
Reviewed By: Linda Vorvick, MD, Family Physician, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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