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September 1984

Scurvy: A Case Caused by Peculiar Dietary Habits

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Drs Ellis, Vanderveen, and Rasmussen) and Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases (Dr Rasmussen), University of Michigan Medical School, and the Dermatology Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center (Dr Ellis), Ann Arbor.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(9):1212-1214. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650450094028

• A 9-year-old girl had the insidious development of lethargy, gingival erosions, and follicular hyperkeratosis with perifollicular hemorrhage. A dietary history disclosed that she consumed only one kind of sandwich and beverage and took no other foods. A skin biopsy specimen was consistent with the diagnosis of scurvy, and marked improvement occurred with ascorbic acid therapy. Although it is an uncommon disorder in the United States, scurvy may occur in persons with prolonged and peculiar dietary habits.

(Arch Dermatol 1984;120:1212-1214)