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Is folic acid defiency anemia and megaloblastic anemia the same thing?

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  • Is folic acid defiency anemia and megaloblastic anemia the same thing?


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Answer #1 | 29/12 2013 15:20
Anna - Folic acid, which is vitamin B-6 (sometimes called "folate"), can cause circulating red blood cells to be enlarged and often slightly oval (macro-ovalocytes) which come from bone marrow megaloblasts (large, nucleated red cell blasts in the bone marrow). Megaloblastic anemias may also include the condition known as pernicious anemia, due to vitamin B-12 deficiency which more frequently has both bone marrow red cell megaloblasts and peripheral blood macro-ovalocytes as well as increased white blood cell neutrophil segmentation - all known as pernicious anemia. Other lab studies can determine the difference.
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