Scurvy in the Context of End-Stage Liver Disease

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Amiirah Aujnarain MSc
Michael Hackett CD CCPA
Kumanan Wilson MD MSc

scurvy, end-stage liver disease, alcoholic liver disease,

Abstract

The authors present a case of scurvy in a 38-year-old woman with a history of alcohol abuse and end-stage liver disease. Their case demonstrates that nutritional deficiencies are a concern in patients affected with alcoholic liver disease. The history, symptoms, and treatment of scurvy are also discussed.
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