Recommendations for diagnosis and management of metformin-induced vitamin B12 (Cbl) deficiency.Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2012 Sep; 97(3):359-67.DR
Metformin treatment is a known pharmacological cause of vitamin B12 (Cbl) deficiency with controversial responsible mechanisms. A possible diagnosis of this deficiency is based mainly on the combination of patient's medical history (usually long-term metformin use), clinical examination (possible neuropsychiatric symptoms and signs), laboratory studies which confirm a Cbl deficiency (haematological abnormalities, low serum Cbl levels, elevated serum total homocysteine and methylmalonic acid levels), and exclusion other causes of Cbl deficiency (as pernicious anaemia, food-cobalamin malabsorption syndrome, other drugs, etc.). In our review, recommendations for diagnosis and management of metformin-induced Cbl deficiency (MICD) in diabetic patients based on medical bibliography are presented and discussed.