Scurvy in the developed world

Smith, Alexa; Di Primio, Gina; Humphrey-Murto, Susan
August 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/9/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 11, pE752
Academic Journal
The article presents a case study of a 54 year woman, who was admitted to hospital for investigation of bilateral pain in her legs which prevented her from walking. Her medical examination revealed small knee effusions, mild bilateral pitting edema of the lower limbs, and a drop in hemoglobin level. Later, it was found she had been restricting all fruits and vegetables, because of a perceived allergy and when 100 mg of oral ascorbic acid her condition substantially improved within 48 hours.


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