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World J Crit Care Med. Oct 16, 2018; 7(5): 52-61
Published online Oct 16, 2018. doi: 10.5492/wjccm.v7.i5.52
Vitamin C in the critically ill - indications and controversies
Christoph S Nabzdyk, Edward A Bittner
Christoph S Nabzdyk, Edward A Bittner, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114, United States
Author contributions: Both authors equally contributed to this paper with conception, literature review, drafting and critical revision and editing, and final approval of the final version.
Conflict-of-interest statement: No potential conflicts of interest. No financial support.
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Correspondence to: Edward A Bittner, MD, PhD, MSEd, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114, United States. ebittner@partners.org
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Received: June 24, 2018
Peer-review started: June 25, 2018
First decision: July 9, 2018
Revised: August 4, 2018
Accepted: August 21, 2018
Article in press: August 21, 2018
Published online: October 16, 2018
Core Tip

Core tip: An increasing body of evidence suggests that high-dose vitamin C administration improves hemodynamics, end-organ function, and may improve survival in critically ill patients. This article reviews studies that evaluate vitamin C in pre-clinical models and clinical trials with respect to its therapeutic potential.