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Deficiency testing for iron, vitamin B12 and folate.
Nurs Times. 1995 May 31-Jun 6; 91(22):38-9.NT

Abstract

Dietary cells and the vitamins B12 and folate are necessary for the production of the red blood cells (erythrocytes), which carry oxygen from the lungs to the tissues and carbon dioxide from tissues to lungs. Deficiency of either one results in anaemia, which is characterised by low haemoglobin concentration. Symptoms result from reduced tissue oxygenation and include weakness, lethargy, palpitation, headache and shortness of breath. The first-time laboratory test of all patients suspected of being anaemic is the full blood count. Results of a full blood count may suggest the anaemia is caused by a nutritional deficiency of B12 folate or iron. Laboratory measurement of the concentration in blood of iron and vitamin B12 and folate, along with several other tests described here, are useful in the differential diagnosis of the anaemic patients.

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eng

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7603852

Citation

Higgins, C. "Deficiency Testing for Iron, Vitamin B12 and Folate." Nursing Times, vol. 91, no. 22, 1995, pp. 38-9.
Higgins C. Deficiency testing for iron, vitamin B12 and folate. Nurs Times. 1995;91(22):38-9.
Higgins, C. (1995). Deficiency testing for iron, vitamin B12 and folate. Nursing Times, 91(22), 38-9.
Higgins C. Deficiency Testing for Iron, Vitamin B12 and Folate. Nurs Times. 1995 May 31-Jun 6;91(22):38-9. PubMed PMID: 7603852.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Deficiency testing for iron, vitamin B12 and folate. A1 - Higgins,C, PY - 1995/5/6/pubmed PY - 1995/5/6/medline PY - 1995/5/6/entrez SP - 38 EP - 9 JF - Nursing times JO - Nurs Times VL - 91 IS - 22 N2 - Dietary cells and the vitamins B12 and folate are necessary for the production of the red blood cells (erythrocytes), which carry oxygen from the lungs to the tissues and carbon dioxide from tissues to lungs. Deficiency of either one results in anaemia, which is characterised by low haemoglobin concentration. Symptoms result from reduced tissue oxygenation and include weakness, lethargy, palpitation, headache and shortness of breath. The first-time laboratory test of all patients suspected of being anaemic is the full blood count. Results of a full blood count may suggest the anaemia is caused by a nutritional deficiency of B12 folate or iron. Laboratory measurement of the concentration in blood of iron and vitamin B12 and folate, along with several other tests described here, are useful in the differential diagnosis of the anaemic patients. SN - 0954-7762 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/7603852/Deficiency_testing_for_iron_vitamin_B12_and_folate_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/folicacid.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -