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Case Reports in Rheumatology
Volume 2013, Article ID 678427, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/678427
Case Report

Palpable Purpura with an Unexpected Outcome

1Department of Rheumatology, Odense University Hospital, Sdr. Boulevard 29, 5000 Odense, Denmark
2Department of Clinical Pathology, Odense University Hospital, Sdr. Boulevard 29, 5000 Odense, Denmark

Received 12 May 2013; Accepted 26 June 2013

Academic Editors: C. Orellana, C. Saadeh, and A. Zoli

Copyright © 2013 Anne Friesgaard Christensen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Scurvy is a potentially lethal condition caused by inadequate vitamin C intake. Hypovitaminosis of vitamin C causes vessel fragility and follicular hyperkeratosis that can lead to palpable purpuric skin lesions. In this case report, we aim to remind readers that scurvy still occurs in Western countries and that the clinical presentation may resemble vasculitis.