Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Severe scurvy in a patient with eosinophilicoesophagitis


While scurvy is considered to be a rare disease in the modern era, the disease still presents in certain populations with nutritional deficiencies such as those with poor nutritional absorption secondary to gastrointestinal disorders and in patients with poor nutritional intake. We present a case of scurvy in a patient who had eosinophilic oesophagitis which limited his oral intake. He presented with the classic symptoms of scurvy including a perifollicular rash, arthralgia, gingivitis and anaemia. He was treated with intravenous vitamin C initially followed by an oral course after which he showed improvement. This case demonstrates that it is important to consider vitamin C deficiency in patients with who present with anaemia and bleeding stigmata specifically in those who have poor nutritional intake. Furthermore, additional consideration should be given to patients with malnutrition as part of the preoperative evaluation.

  • oesophagus
  • nutrition and metabolism
  • diet
  • malnutrition
  • vitamins and supplements

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.