What is it?

Vitamin C plays an important role in building bone and blood vessels and in wound healing. We get our vitamin C from the food we eat, it can be found in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C deficiency is usually caused due to inadequate diet, and other physical conditions that may increase the need for dietary vitamin C such as an inflammatory disorder, surgery, burns, and protein deficiency. After months of vitamin C deficiency, Scurvy may develop.

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Additional names

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- Vitamin C Deficiency
- Scurvy

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of vitamin C deficiency include lassitude, weakness, irritability, weight loss, myalgia, arthralgia. Scurvy symptoms include swollen gums, anemia, shortness of breath, mood changes, coiled hair, easy bleeding, loose teeth, neuropathy, edema, poor wound healing.


Diagnosis of vitamin C deficiency is based upon findings from physical examination, medical history and lab tests to assess vitamin C levels in blood.


Treatment involves vitamin C supplements by mouth or injection.

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Can a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables lead to Vitamin C deficiency?

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