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Anemia - B12 deficiency

  • Alternative Names

    Macrocytic anemia


    Prevention

    You can prevent anemia caused by a lack of vitamin B12 by following a well-balanced diet. Vitamin B12 injections can prevent anemia after surgeries known to cause vitamin B12 deficiency. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can limit the severity and complications of this anemia.


    References

    Antony AC. Megaloblastic anemias. In: Hoffman R, Benz Ej, Shattil SS, et al., eds. Basic Principles and Practice. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone;2008:chap 39.

    Kaferle J, Strzoda CE. Evaluation of macrocytosis. Am Fam Physician. 2009;79:203-208.