Pellagra: An old enemy of timeless importance

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Background: In the United States, pellagra is infrequently reported. Yet this disorder does occur among malnourished persons. Objective: The author seeks to clarify diagnosis and treatment. Method: The author describes various presentations and effects of this disorder. Results: Knowledge of classic and atypical presentations can assist in making the diagnosis. The author presents two cases of pellagra that exemplify the classic and atypical presentations. Conclusion: The typically robust response of the disorder to physiologic doses of niacin can assist in confirming the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-97
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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