Pellagra: a non-eradicated old disease

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Savvoula Savvidou *
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We report a case of a 50-year old homeless male who presented with pellagra and pellagrous encephalopathy. The characteristic - if not pathognomonic - skin lesions of pellagra support its diagnosis on solely clinical grounds. Clinicians should keep a high index of suspicion, in certain patient groups, in order to early diagnose and cure this potentially fatal but treatable disease.

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Savvoula Savvidou, 1st Department of Internal Medicine, Papageorgiou University Hospital of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki

MD, MSc, PhD