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Nutritional optic and peripheral neuropathy: a case report.

Nightingale, LM; Paviour, DC (2009) Nutritional optic and peripheral neuropathy: a case report. Cases Journal, 2 (7762). ISSN 1757-1626 https://doi.org/10.4076/1757-1626-2-7762
SGUL Authors: Paviour, Dominic

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The link between nutritional status and either optic or peripheral neuropathies is well established with tobacco, ethanol, deficiencies in thiamine, vitamin A, B12, B3 and B6 and protein-energy malnutrition all being causative. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the case of a 32-year-old Afro-Caribbean of Jamaican origin presenting with blurred vision and a painful burning sensation in his feet. The clinical features were consistent with optic and peripheral neuropathy. CONCLUSIONS: The patient followed a strict vegan diet and consumed no animal products. A review of the literature highlights similarities between this case and Strachan's syndrome, a combination of optic and peripheral neuropathy and cutaneous excoriation, providing further evidence for the association between this clinical presentation, dietary deficiency and, as recently postulated, previous residence in a tropical or sub-tropical climate.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Nightingale and Paviour; licensee Cases Network Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
SGUL Research Institute / Research Centre: Academic Structure > Institute of Medical & Biomedical Education (IMBE)
Academic Structure > Institute of Medical & Biomedical Education (IMBE) > Centre for Clinical Education (INMECE )
Journal or Publication Title: Cases Journal
ISSN: 1757-1626
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5 June 2009Published
PubMed ID: 19830009
Web of Science ID: 19830009
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URI: http://openaccess.sgul.ac.uk/id/eprint/1731
Publisher's version: https://doi.org/10.4076/1757-1626-2-7762

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