Diffuse Nonscarring Alopecia of Scalp: An Indicator of Early Infantile Scurvy?

Authors

  • SHIVANNA RAGUNATHA M.D.,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, BLDEA’s SBMP Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bijapur, Karnataka, India
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  • ARUN C. INAMADAR M.D., D.V.D.,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, BLDEA’s SBMP Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bijapur, Karnataka, India
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  • APARNA PALIT M.D.,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, BLDEA’s SBMP Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bijapur, Karnataka, India
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  • VISHWANATH V. SAMPAGAVI D.V.D.,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, BLDEA’s SBMP Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bijapur, Karnataka, India
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  • NIRANJAN S. DESHMUKH D.V.D.

    1. Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, BLDEA’s SBMP Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bijapur, Karnataka, India
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Address correspondence to Dr. Arun C. Inamadar, M.D., D.V.D., Professor and Head, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, BLDEA’s SBMP Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bijapur 586103, Karnataka, India, or e-mail: aruninamadar@rediffmail.com.

Abstract

Abstract:  An infant with diffuse nonscarring alopecia of scalp and radiologic features of scurvy responded dramatically to oral vitamin C therapy. The characteristic cutaneous manifestations of scurvy are usually not seen in infancy. The manifestations of initial stage of scurvy that are not related to collagen synthesis, as in the present case, should alert to the possibility of this potentially fatal condition.

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