Scurvy is a condition characterized by general weakness, anemia , gum disease (gingivitis), and skin hemorrhages resulting from a lack of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in the diet. Scurvy is now most frequently seen in older, malnourished adults, and is rare in the United States.
Vitamin C deficiency; Deficiency - vitamin C; Scorbutus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
Calling your health care provider:
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