Megaloblastic anemia is a blood disorder in which there is anemia with larger-than-normal red blood cells.
Anemia - megaloblastic
Signs and tests:
Examination of the nervous system may show:
- Abnormal reflexes
- Decreased sense of position
- Decreased sense of vibration
- Serum ferritin Tests include:
The first goal is to diagnose the cause of the anemia. The treatment depends on the cause. Anemias related to specific vitamin deficiencies are discussed separately.
The outcome depends on the cause of the anemia.
Complications vary with the cause of the anemia.
Calling your health care provider:
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop symptoms of this condition.
Getting enough vitamin B12 and folic acid is helpful.
Antony AC. Megoblastic anemias. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 170.
|Review Date: 11/23/2008|
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