Scurvy is a disease resulting from a lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Early symptoms of deficiency include weakness, feeling tired and sore arms and legs. Without treatment, decreased red blood cells, gum disease, changes to hair, and bleeding from the skin may occur. As scurvy worsens there can be poor wound healing, personality changes, and finally death from . Adult scurvy should be maintained in the differential diagnosis of spontaneous bleeding, particularly in patients with nutritional disorders. The diagnosis and treatment can be simple, non-invasive with total and persistent recovery, being effective in the short term.
Adult scurvy is uncommon in the United States and England1 because of the good nutritional status of the general population. When encountered, it is usually in elderly men who live alone and ingest a limited diet. The term "bachelor scurvy" has been applied to this group.2 Food faddism, pregnancy. Scurvy is better known as severe vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an essential dietary nutrient. It plays a role in the development and .
Unlike most animals, which form ascorbic acid by metabolizing glucose, humans require an exogenous source. Vitamin C occurs primarily in fruits and vegetables, and scurvy develops from inadequate consumption of these sources, usually because of ignorance about proper nutrition, psychiatric disorders, alcoholism, or social isolation. Scurvy. Perifollicular hemorrhage on the leg. The follicles are often plugged by keratin (follicular hyperkeratosis). This eruption occurred in a year-old alcoholic, homeless male, who also had.