Pellagra: a non-eradicated old disease

  • Savvoula Savvidou | ssavidou@med.auth.gr 1st Department of Internal Medicine, Papageorgiou University Hospital of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Abstract

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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Author Biography

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

MD, MSc, PhD

Published
2014-04-28
Section
Case Reports
Keywords:
pellagra, niacin, vitamin B3 deficiency, pellagrous encephalopathy.
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How to Cite
Savvidou, S. (2014). Pellagra: a non-eradicated old disease. Clinics and Practice, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2014.637