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Alternative namesVitamin C deficiency; Deficiency - vitamin C; Scorbutus
DefinitionScurvy is a condition characterized by general weakness, anemia , gum disease (gingivitis), and skin hemorrhages resulting from a lack of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in the diet. Scurvy is now most frequently seen in older, malnourished adults.
Update Date: 5/17/2003Bridget Martell, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT