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(Vitamin C Deficiency; Scorbutus)
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- A poor diet, with little or no fruits and vegetables
- Little or no vitamin C in the diet
- Anorexia nervosa
- Poor dental hygiene
- Gastrointestinal diseases (such as malabsorption, inflammatory bowel disease, dyspepsia, Whipple's disease)
- A fad diet
- Self-imposed restrictive diets for weight loss or due to food allergies
- Sunken eyes
- Tender gums and/or tooth loss
- Muscular pain
- Reopening of old wounds or sores
- Internal bleeding
- Loss of appetite
- Bruising easily
- Weight loss; inability to gain weight
- Increased heart rate
- Aching and swelling in joints
- Shortness of breath
- Eating a diet rich in citrus fruits, other fruits, and vegetables
- Taking vitamin C supplements
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Get a sufficient amount of vitamin C, through diet and/or supplements.
American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Dietitians of Canada http://www.dietitians.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
Clemetson A. Shaken baby or scurvy? General Vaccine Issues. Vaccine Risk Awareness Network website. Available at: http://vran.org/vaccines/sbs/sbs-clemetson.htm. Accessed April 15, 2007.
Weinstein M, Babyn P, Zlotkin S. An orange a day keeps the doctor away: scurvy in the year 2000. Pediatrics. 2001;108:e55. Pediatrics website. Available at: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/108/3/e55.full.html. Accessed April 15, 2007.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 10/2012
- Update Date: 10/31/2012