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Will an orange a day keep the doctor away?
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PMID:  12151575     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An 80 year old man, who relied on a home based meals-on-wheels service was admitted to hospital with non-specific symptoms, but had clinical and biochemical evidence of scurvy. Subsequently, all new admissions (n=37) to the department over a three week period were assessed for evidence of undernutrition. It was found that 73% had hypovitaminosis C, with 30% having concentrations suggestive of scurvy. There were no significant associations between level of vitamin C and type of accommodation, food provision, or age. The commonest symptom associated with vitamin C deficiency was anorexia, but overall, there was a paucity of clinical signs associated with vitamin C deficiency. The possible associations of vitamin C deficiency in the elderly are discussed.
T I L Richardson; L Ball; T Rosenfeld
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Postgraduate medical journal     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0032-5473     ISO Abbreviation:  Postgrad Med J     Publication Date:  2002 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-01     Completed Date:  2003-05-20     Revised Date:  2009-10-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234135     Medline TA:  Postgrad Med J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  292-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Geriatrics, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anorexia / etiology
Ascorbic Acid Deficiency / diagnosis
Nutritional Status
Scurvy / complications,  diagnosis*,  therapy

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