Dermatology case

  • Catarina Moreira Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Centro Hospitalar São João
  • Ana Pedrosa Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Centro Hospitalar São João
  • Filomena Azevedo Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Centro Hospitalar São João
Keywords: Ascorbic acid, eating disorders, purpura, scurvy

Abstract

Over the years, with advances in the understanding of the disease, general improvement in health standards and nutrition, scurvy is now rarely encountered. Dermatologic signs may be the only manifestation and are often misdiagnosed. Awareness of manifestations and prompt diagnosis are essential because, with appropriate vitamin replacement, scurvy is readily treated.
We report the case of an adolescent whose diagnosis of scurvy was based on the recognition of dietary risk factors, the presence of dermatologic manifestations and the rapid resolution of skin lesions when vitamin C supplements were initiated.

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Published
2017-12-27
How to Cite
Moreira, C., Pedrosa, A., & Azevedo, F. (2017). Dermatology case. NASCER E CRESCER - BIRTH AND GROWTH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 26(4), 258-260. https://doi.org/10.25753/BirthGrowthMJ.v26.i4.10162
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