Scurvy presenting as painful gait with bruising in a young boy

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000 Jul;154(7):732-5. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.154.7.732.


A case of scurvy occurred in an apparently well-nourished 5-year-old boy with normal growth parameters. Only after the diagnosis of scurvy was raised on clinical grounds did we discover the peculiar dietary habits that were responsible for his deficiency of ascorbic acid. His case is a reminder to the clinician that nutritionally based disease may occur in any socioeconomic setting and that nutritional screening remains an important part of every child's general health care.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Ascorbic Acid / administration & dosage
  • Child, Preschool
  • Contusions / diagnosis
  • Contusions / drug therapy
  • Contusions / etiology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Gait*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Scurvy / diagnosis*
  • Scurvy / drug therapy


  • Ascorbic Acid