Adult scurvy is uncommon in the United States and England1 because of the good nutritional status of the general population. When encountered, it is usually in elderly men who live alone and ingest a limited diet. The term "bachelor scurvy" has been applied to this group.2 Food faddism, pregnancy, alcoholism, or malnutrition associated with debilitating diseases are additional causes for sporadic cases. The following case is reported to call attention to some of the characteristic cutaneous and oral manifestations of adult scurvy.
Report of a Case
An unmarried, white male taxicab driver, age 58, was seen on Feb. 8, 1960, with a chief complaint of "sore, red feet for 3 weeks." The swelling and pain in his ankles had made it difficult for him to walk, although he was fairly comfortable when sitting or reclining. In addition, he was troubled by an exacerbation of "pyorrhea," which he had
WEARY PE, WHEELER CE, CAWLEY EP. Adult ScurvyReport of a Case. Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(4):657–659. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580100121017