Vitamin B12 deficiency in India: mean corpuscular volume is an unreliable screening parameter.

@article{Bhatia2012VitaminBD,
  title={Vitamin B12 deficiency in India: mean corpuscular volume is an unreliable screening parameter.},
  author={Puneeta Bhatia and Jayashree D Kulkarni and Sanjay A. Pai},
  journal={The National medical journal of India},
  year={2012},
  volume={25 6},
  pages={336-8}
}
BACKGROUND Vitamin B12 deficiency is thought to be more common than was previously believed, but there are little data from India on this. It has protean clinical manifestations, and raised mean corpuscular volume (MCV) is commonly used by physicians as an indicator for megaloblastic anaemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. We evaluated the clinical profiles of our patients with vitamin B12 deficiency and tried to ascertain how useful MCV and the peripheral smear were in diagnosis. METHODS… CONTINUE READING

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