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What causes scurvy?

Scurvy is caused by a severe vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms usually appear after three months. Vitamin C is not produced by the body; it must come from the diet. Severe vitamin C deficiency can be caused by malnutrition (not eating enough fruit and vegetables with vitamin C in them), or in medical conditions that prevent the absorption of vitamin C.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 02 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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