Vitamin B12 deficiency is the primary cause of megaloblastic anaemia in Zimbabwe.


In a study of the pathogenesis and clinical features of megaloblastic anaemia in southern Africa, we evaluated 144 consecutive Zimbabwean patients with megaloblastic haemopoiesis. Vitamin B12 deficiency was diagnosed in 86.1% of patients and was usually due to pernicious anaemia; isolated folate deficiency accounted for only 5.5% of cases. Anaemia was… (More)