Prevalence and haemopoietic effects of low serum vitamin B12 levels in geriatric medical patients.

@article{Stott1997PrevalenceAH,
  title={Prevalence and haemopoietic effects of low serum vitamin B12 levels in geriatric medical patients.},
  author={David Stott and Peter Langhorne and Anne Hendry and P J Mckay and Tessa L Holyoake and J. B. Macdonald and Norman Lucie},
  journal={The British journal of nutrition},
  year={1997},
  volume={78 1},
  pages={57-63}
}
The clinical significance of low serum vitamin B12 levels in elderly people is controversial. We aimed to document the prevalence of a low serum vitamin B12 (< 175 pmol/l) in patients referred to a geriatric medical unit, and to determine whether haemopoiesis is commonly affected in elderly patients with low serum vitamin B12. We studied prospectively 472 consecutive referrals to a geriatric medical unit; fifty-six (13%) had a low serum vitamin B12 level, of whom nineteen (34%) of the fifty-six… CONTINUE READING
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