A man in his 80s was admitted via the acute medical take after presenting with increased confusion and features of alcohol withdrawal. He had a several-month history of a worsening pruritic rash surrounding his neck, arms and legs in addition to new, profuse diarrhoea. In view of the background of known chronic alcoholism and the coexisting symptoms of rash, confusion and diarrhoea, pellagra was diagnosed via a multidisciplinary approach. Oral nicotinamide supplementation was commenced and his symptoms responded rapidly. The bias and challenge of reaching a unified diagnosis in the context of a multisystem condition are exemplified in this case report.
- alcohol-related disorders
- medical education
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Contributors JCT, LH, HE and GM contributed equally to the writing of this case report. The information included was up to date at the time of publishing. The case report was submitted for publication with the patient's consent and knowledge.
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