Scurvy and stroke — is there an association?

Emily Y-J He, Louis W Wang and Matthew C Kiernan
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb04051.x
Published online: 1 November 2010

To the Editor: We report a case of ischaemic stroke in a 34-year-old man with severe vitamin C deficiency caused by poor nutrition. The patient was a lifelong non-smoker with no history of hypertension or hypercholesterolaemia, and no family history of stroke, although he had recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • Emily Y-J He1
  • Louis W Wang1
  • Matthew C Kiernan1,2

  • 1 Prince of Wales Hospital and Prince of Wales Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 NeuroScience Research Australia, Sydney, NSW.



We thank Karen Tokutake, the stroke unit dietitian at Prince of Wales Hospital, for her assistance in managing this patient during his inpatient stay and calculating the patient’s intake of essential nutrients.


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