What is scurvy?

Scurvy is a disease caused by inadequate vitamin C in the diet. Symptoms of scurvy include general weakness, anemia and gingivitis (gum disease). People with scurvy can also have skin hemorrhages (bleeding) and bone or tooth abnormalities. It is rare in the United States because good sources of vitamin C, fresh fruits and vegitables are plentiful here. However, scurvy is seen in older, malnourished adults.

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