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International Journal of Pediatrics
Volume 2010, Article ID 717518, 4 pages
Case Report

Infantile Scurvy: Two Case Reports

1Pediatric Department, Fattouma Bourguiba Hospital, Monastir 5000, Tunisia
2Radiology Department, Fattouma Bourguiba Hospital, Monastir 5000, Tunisia
3Biochemistry Laboratory, Fattouma Bourguiba Hospital, Monastir 5000, Tunisia

Received 11 June 2010; Revised 18 August 2010; Accepted 13 September 2010

Academic Editor: Catherine Bollard

Copyright © 2010 Leila Ghedira Besbes 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.


Background. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is necessary for the formation of collagen, reducing free radicals, and aiding in iron absorption. SCURVY, a disease of dietary ascorbic acid deficiency, is uncommon today. It still exists in high risk groups including economically disadvantaged populations with poor nutrition. The incidence of SCURVY in the pediatric population is very low. Cases Report. Here we report two cases of SCURVY revealed by subperiosteal hematoma in children with cerebral palsy and developmental delay. Conclusion. SCURVY is extremely rare in children. Musculoskeletal manifestations are prominent in pediatric SCURVY. Multiple subperiosteal hematomas are an important indicator for diagnosis.