3 years ago

Scurvy in a hemodialysis patient. Rare or ignored?

Sarju Panchal, Christine Schneider, Kunal Malhotra


Chronic kidney disease and dialysis brings with it a plethora of complications, including malnutrition. Strict dietary restrictions in hemodialysis (HD) patients further complicate the picture as it increases the risk of deficiency of micronutrients, specifically water‐soluble vitamins. Today, there is a lack of concrete guidelines concerning recommendations on vitamin supplementation in HD patients. This lack of data is partly due to our incomplete understanding of handling of vitamins in a uremic state. There is a dire need for more data on the impact of dialysis and uremic state on water‐soluble vitamins to facilitate appropriate preventative supplementation. We present a case of scurvy in a HD patient that will contribute toward the understanding of vitamin status in HD. We hope it will aid in screening HD patients for vitamin C deficiency and individualizing supplementation of vitamin C.

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