Clinical Profile of Scurvy in Hamilton Since 2009: a Cohort Study

  • Kayla DadgarEmail author
  • John Neary
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Scurvy is a clinical disease resulting from vitamin C deficiency.1, 2 The literature contains many case reports of scurvy but no recent cohorts of adult patients or criteria for diagnosis have been published. Although scurvy does not usually occur unless plasma ascorbic acid levels are below 11 μmol/L, it remains a clinical diagnosis due to lack of access to timely vitamin C testing. Anemia is the most commonly seen laboratory finding, correlating with the severity and chronicity of scurvy.3 Our objective is to describe the etiologies and clinical presentations of patients with scurvy in a cohort of patients at our centers.


A chart review was completed of patients with vitamin C levels of 11 μmol/L or less between 2009 and 2017 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, using electronic records from St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences. Fifty-two patients were identified with vitamin C levels of 11 or less during the study period. Of these 52, a...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Department of MedicineMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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