Clin Case Rep Int | Volume 7, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

Scurvy, From Suspicion to Current Reality

Martin-Benlloch S1, Brotons-Banon E1, Casanova-Rama A1, Lopez-Brotons M1, Milla-Olaya B1, Segui-Perez M6, Lopez-Corbalan JC3, Atienza-Gonzalez C4, Monzó-Garcia M4, Orozco-Beltran D2,7, Segui-Ripoll JM1,2* and Seguí-Pérez C5

1Department of Internal Medicine, San Juan University Hospital, Alicante, Spain
2Department of Clinical Medicine University Miguel Hernández de Elche, Alicante, Spain
3Government Sub-delegation, Alicante Immunization Center, Alicante, Spain
4Department of Psychiatry, San Juan University Hospital, Alicante, Spain
5Department of Veterinary, University Cardenal Herrera, Valencia, Spain
6School of Marist Brothers of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
7Primary Care Medicine, Cabo Huertas Health Center, Alicante, Spain

*Correspondance to: JosĂ© Miguel SeguĂ­-Ripoll 

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We report the case of a 37-year-old woman with anorexia nervosa, admitted to the psychiatry ward with profound malnutrition due to restrictive eating habits (practically free of fruit and vegetables) and purging. She had difficulty walking due to the malnutrition and developed a severe form of scurvy, accompanied by arthromyalgia in the lower limbs and a limp. Physical examination revealed spontaneous ecchymosis, folliculitis with perifollicular purpura in the lower limbs, gingival hypertrophy without bleeding, and moderate anemia. This case is illustrative and describes an immediate clinical suspicion of a rare, life-threatening but easily curable disease if considered in the proper clinical context.




Martin-Benlloch S, Brotons-Banon E, Casanova-Rama A, Lopez-Brotons M, Milla-Olaya B, Segui-Perez M, et al. Scurvy, From Suspicion to Current Reality. Clin Case Rep Int. 2023; 7: 1456.

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