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Tidman MJ. Be vigilant for scurvy in high-risk groups. Practitioner 2012;256 (1755):23-25

Be vigilant for scurvy in high-risk groups

24 Oct 2012Pais-up subscribers

Scurvy is a disabling, potentially fatal, but entirely treatable, condition that can easily pass unrecognised. It has by no means been confined to the history books, even in affluent cultures, and vitamin C deficiency appears to be relatively common in the UK, particularly in those living on a low income. The occurrence of a macular purpuric eruption on the legs should always prompt consideration of the diagnosis of scurvy, especially in those at risk.

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