Scurvy by any other name: a case report

R I Med. 1994 Jan;77(1):24-5.


Scurvy can mimic disorders such as vasculitis, systemic bleeding disorders, and deep vein thrombosis. For this reason scorbutic patients are often evaluated for other disorders thus delaying the correct diagnosis. Health care providers may be able to prevent cases of scurvy with knowledge of the clinical features of scurvy and higher levels of suspicion of high risk groups. These groups include older people living alone, young children eating exclusively cow's milk formula, food faddists, and those consuming inadequate diets for reasons such as mental illness or peptic ulcer.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Scurvy / diagnosis*