“What can you C in a limping child?” Scurvy in an otherwise healthy “picky eater”

Khulud Diab Shehade, Ron Lamdan, Dvora Aharoni, Yonatan Yeshayahu

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    Abstract

    We present a case of an otherwise healthy 3-year-old child who presented with limping, bone pain, fatigue, and agitation. Differential diagnosis included an infection of the bone, malignancy, an inflammatory bone disease, and metabolic bone disease. Magnetic resonance imaging of the lower limbs and the spine was consistent with scurvy, and the diagnosis was confirmed by very low levels of vitamin C. Further history taking revealed a diet based entirely on dairy pudding, with no fruits or vegetables, and being a “picky eater” was the sole reason. Intravenous treatment with vitamin C led to full recovery. Previous reports of scurvy were in patients with other medical conditions, such as malabsorption, or behavioral conditions as in autism. This case demonstrates that scurvy, an almost forgotten condition from past centuries, can occur in otherwise healthy children and should raise awareness regarding the importance of a balanced diet and proper nutritional history taking. Following growth charts as the only screening tool for balanced and inclusive nutrition may not be sufficient.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number111019
    JournalNutrition
    Volume82
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Feb 2021

    Keywords

    • Child
    • Picky eater
    • Scurvy
    • Vitamin C deficiency

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
    • Nutrition and Dietetics

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