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An hitherto case of so-called extinct disease: Scurvy with review of the literature

Shruti Sharma, Dipika Bumb


Scurvy which is known to be an extinct entity but still specks of this disease still persists in various parts of the world which goes with the famous saying that says “history often repeats.” Scurvy is sometimes referred to as Barlow’s disease, named after Sir Thomas Barlow, a British physician who described it. Scurvy is basically a disease that is known to occur because of inadequate supply of vitamin C to the body. To diagnose this disease without undergoing expensive investigations, history taking has been proven to be a powerful tool.

We present a case of 2-year-old patient visiting our department with bleeding gums, joint pain and weakness. Clinical data along with a significant improvement after administering vitamin C supplement confirms the diagnosis.


Ascorbic acid, gingival bleeding, scurvy

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