3A03.2/D53.2 Scorbutic anaemia



Scorbutic anaemia is a type of anaemia caused by a vitamin C deficiency. The lack of vitamin C in the diet leads to impaired absorption of iron, which in turn results in an inadequate supply of oxygen to the body’s tissues and organs. This leads to the development of anaemia.


Scorbutic anaemia is usually diagnosed through a physical examination and laboratory tests, such as a complete blood count, which measures the number of red blood cells and hemoglobin levels. Other tests, such as a serum ferritin level and serum vitamin C level may also be used to diagnose scorbutic anaemia.

Differential diagnosis

Differential diagnosis of scorbutic anaemia include other types of anaemia, such as iron deficiency anaemia, vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia, and sideroblastic anaemia.


Treatment for scorbutic anaemia includes supplementing the diet with vitamin C and iron, as well as other vitamins and minerals. In more severe cases, blood transfusions may be required to restore normal levels of red blood cells.


The prognosis for scorbutic anaemia is generally good, as long as the anaemia is caught early and the patient responds well to treatment. However, if left untreated, the condition can progress to more serious complications, such as heart failure.

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