[Vitamin C]

Rev Prat. 2013 Oct;63(8):1091-6.
[Article in French]


Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which is mainly fresh fruits and vegetables foodborne. Vitamin C deficiency is most often due to a lack of daily amount. Scurvy is characterized by the occurrence of fatigue, myalgia, arthralgia, purpura, bleeding disorders, and later by dental manifestations. Biological signs are nonspecific: anemia, hypocholesterolemia, hypoalbuminemia. Clinical suspicion is confirmed by the decrease in ascorbic acid level (< 2 mg/L). It must be interpreted in light of the acute phase reactants. The treatment is the administration of 1 g of vitamin C per day for 15 days. Vitamin C depletion (ascorbic acid: 2 to 5 mg/L) could induce long-term complications. The recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C protect from these risks.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ascorbic Acid / physiology*
  • Ascorbic Acid Deficiency* / complications
  • Ascorbic Acid Deficiency* / diagnosis
  • Ascorbic Acid Deficiency* / epidemiology
  • Ascorbic Acid Deficiency* / therapy
  • Child
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / etiology
  • Prevalence
  • Scurvy / diagnosis
  • Scurvy / epidemiology
  • Scurvy / etiology
  • Scurvy / therapy


  • Ascorbic Acid