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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
SGUL Authors: Paviour, Dominic

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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 (, 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
5 June 2009Published
PubMed ID: 19830009
Web of Science ID: 19830009
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