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Macrocytic anemia

Macrocytic anemia: Introduction

Macrocytic anemia: Macrocytic anemia is a blood disorder where the red blood cells are larger than normal but have low levels of haemoglobin which is needed to carry oxygen throughout the body. The condition usually results from a deficiency of vitamin B12 or folate, digestive problems, malabsorption and certain medications which affect folic acid levels. Various rare inherited disorders may also result in macrocytic anemia e.g. Lesch-Nyhan syndrome. Severity and range of symptom may vary depending on the underlying condition. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Macrocytic anemia is available below.

Symptoms of Macrocytic anemia

Treatments for Macrocytic anemia

  • Varies depending on underlying cause. Dietary changes or supplements to increase Vitamin B12 or folate levels usually improves most cases
  • Management of macrocytic anemia is dependant upon the underlying cause, although many cases will require B12 supplementation. Treatments include:
    • Identification and management of underlying causes - Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, blind loop syndrome, pancreatitis
    • Dietary review and management - to ensure adequate intake of vitamin B12 and folate in the diet
    • Vitamin B12 injections - may be lifelong in the case of pernicious anemia
  • more treatments...»

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Definitions of Macrocytic anemia:

Anemia in which the average size of erythrocytes is larger than normal - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

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  1. Macrocytic anemia: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types

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