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Is scurvy a 21st century diagnosis? Implications on surgical patients

Nakul Valsangkar; Heidi Schmidt; Nancy Strange RDN; William Wooden; Eugene P Ceppa*

    Objective: Scurvy, vitamin C deficiency, is seldom reported in the modern era. We sought to determine the morbidity and mortality of gastrointestinal surgery in patients with scurvy.
Methods: Patients admitted to Indiana University Health University Hospital between 2012-2013 who underwent surgery and were identified to have scurvy (serum vitamin C≤1.0 mg/dL), were included in this study. Data regarding demographics, surgical procedures, post-operative course, and relevant biochemical markers were collected and a descriptive analysis was performed using SPSS version 15®


Effects of liraglutide in the treatment of severe obesity in a young patient with Parkinson’s disease

Michela Barichella*; Erica Cassani; Valentina Ferri; Davide Vallauri; Giovanna Pinelli; Chiara Pusani; Roberto Cilia; Gianni Pezzoli

    Possible neuroprotective properties of Exenatide (a GLP-1 analog) have been described in patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). In PD patients treated with Exenatide was reported not only significant improvement in motor performance, but also significant reduction in body weight, raising the issue of whether the improvement in motor performance was to be ascribed exclusively to treatment with Exenatide or whether it was also induced by body weight loss. We therefore decided to monitor a severely obese, young female PD patient on treatment with Liraglutide (GLP-1 analog used for the treatment of obesity in compliance with the relevant guidelines) for 6 months...


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