Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 43, Issue 10, pp 1396–1399

Scurvy in an autistic child: MRI findings

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00247-013-2688-z

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Gongidi, P., Johnson, C. & Dinan, D. Pediatr Radiol (2013) 43: 1396. doi:10.1007/s00247-013-2688-z


Scurvy results from a deficiency of vitamin C and is rarely seen in the United States. We describe the MRI findings of a case of scurvy in an autistic child with food-avoidant behavior. Advanced imaging is rarely performed in clinically well-understood disease entities such as scurvy. Typical radiographic findings are well described leading to definitive diagnosis, although the findings can be missed or misinterpreted given the rarity of scurvy in daily practice. To our knowledge, MRI features of scurvy in children in the US have been described in only one case report. This case of scurvy in an autistic child with food-avoidant behavior emphasizes that classic nutritional deficiencies, despite their rarity, must be included in the differential diagnosis of at-risk populations.


ScurvyVitamin C deficiencyAutismFood-avoidant behavior

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Cooper Medical School of Rowan UniversityCooper University HospitalCamdenUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medical Imaging/RadiologyNemours Children’s HospitalOrlandoUSA