Vitamin C deficiency; Deficiency - vitamin C; Scorbutus
Scurvy is a disease that occurs when you have a severe lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in your diet. Scurvy causes general weakness, anemia, gum disease, and skin hemorrhages.
Scurvy is rare in the United States. Older adults who are not getting proper nutrition are most affected by scurvy.
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Review Date: 7/19/2021
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