A fatal case of infantile scurvy

S. Mimasaka, M. Funayama, N. Adachi, M. Nata, M. Morita

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We report a case of infant death due to scurvy, which is very rare in Japan. We initially had little knowledge of the disease and suspected that the bleeding in the body was caused by domestic violence. The case did not fall under the category of the battered child syndrome but the death was caused by ignorance with respect to child care. In addition the parents usually locked the child alone in a room during the day and this is probably a case of neglect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-124
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Legal Medicine
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Neglect
  • Periosteal bleeding
  • Scurvy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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