Scurvy “in the Land of Citrus Fruits”

  • Parveen Akhtar Prof. & Head Department of Pediatrics, Foundation University Medical College, Islamabad
  • Kiran Mushtaq Toor Senior Registrar, Department of Pediatric, Foundation University Medical College, Islamabad
Keywords: Vitamin C, Ascorbic acid, Gum hyperplasia, Scurvy, Metabolic complications, Nutrition, Pocalcemia

Abstract

Nutritional deficiencies including scurvy are still prevalent in developing countries though not as common as they once were. Vitamin C deficiency has varied presentations including musculoskeletal problems, skin manifestations and bleeding tendency. We report a case of a five years old developmentally normal child who presented with debilitating bone pains and inability to walk. Overall clinical and radiological features were suggestive of scurvy. Treatment with vitamin C resulted in significant improvement. 

Published
2016-10-26
Section
Case Reports