alexa Scurvy: historically a plague of the sailor that remains a consideration in the modern intensive care unit.


Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences

Author(s): Holley AD, Osland E, Barnes J, Krishnan A, Fraser JF

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Abstract We report the case of the case of a 56 year old female with sepsis on a background of rheumatoid arthritis and steroid use manifesting with overt clinical features of scurvy. Ascorbic acid assays were able to demonstrate severe deficiency and confirm a diagnosis of scurvy. Clinical resolution of signs and symptoms following commencement of vitamin C replacement was rapid. The intensivist and dietitian need to consider this diagnosis even in the first world setting, particularly in the presence of sepsis, inflammatory conditions, steroid use and importantly malnutrition. © 2011 The Authors. Internal Medicine Journal © 2011 Royal Australasian College of Physicians. This article was published in Intern Med J and referenced in Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences

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