Scurvy hidden behind neuropsychiatric symptoms

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Approaching an uncommon disease may result in diagnostic delay even in patients with typical clinical features. In this respect, diseases related to nutritional deficiencies may represent a diagnostic challenge. We describe a 2.5-year-old child with typical features of scurvy, who was referred for autistic-like behavior and severe muscle weakness and pain in lower limbs. Extensive investigations for non-nutrition-related disorders were first performed, including a muscle biopsy showing a selective type II fibers hypotrophy. Scurvy was eventually considered, after recalling the child's peculiar dietary habits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1091-1093
Number of pages3
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • Autistic behavior
  • Myalgia
  • Nutrition-related disorders
  • Vitamin C

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology


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