Escorbuto

Definición

Es una enfermedad que ocurre cuando usted tiene una carencia grave de vitamina C (ácido ascórbico) en la alimentación. El escorbuto causa debilidad general, anemia, gingivitis y hemorragias cutáneas.

Es infrecuente en los Estados Unidos. Los adultos mayores que no están recibiendo una nutrición adecuada son los que resultan más afectados por el escorbuto.

Nombres alternativos

Deficiencia de vitamina C; Carencia de vitamina C

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Referencias

Kumar V, Abbas AK, Fausto N, Aster JC. Environmental and nutritional diseases. In: Kumar V, Abbas AK, Fausto N, Aster JC, eds. Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2009:chap 9.

Salwen MJ. Vitamins and trace elements. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods. 22nd ed. New York, NY: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 26.

Revision

Last reviewed 1/22/2013 by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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