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Scurvy

Definition

Scurvy is a disease that occurs when you have a severe lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in your diet. Scurvy causes general weakness, anemia , gum disease, and skin hemorrhages .

Scurvy is rare in the United States. Older adults who are not getting proper nutrition are most affected by scurvy.

Alternative Names

Vitamin C deficiency; Deficiency - vitamin C; Scorbutus

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Symptoms

Signs and tests

Treatment

Support Groups

Expectations (prognosis)

Complications

Calling your health care provider

Prevention

References

Kumar V, Abbas AK, Fausto N, Aster JC. Environmental and nutritional diseases. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Fausto N, Aster JC, eds. . 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 9.

Salwen MJ. Vitamins and trace elements. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. . 22nd ed. New York, NY: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 26.

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