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Reminder of important clinical lesson
Extensive bruising secondary to vitamin C deficiency
  1. Ian Mark Fraser,
  2. Mark Dean
  1. Gosford Hospital, Holden Street, Gosford, New South Wales, 2250, Australia
  1. ianmarkfraser{at}


An otherwise fit and well 56-year-old man presented with extensive ecchymosis and soft-tissue haematomas affecting his legs. Coagulation studies were normal. Further questioning revealed a severely restricted diet. The bruising improved rapidly after commencing oral vitamin C supplementation. Serum vitamin C level was low, supporting the clinical diagnosis of scurvy.

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