Folic Acid Deficiency Overview
Another name for Folic Acid Deficiency is Megaloblastic Anemia.
What is megaloblastic anemia?
A person with megaloblastic anemia has a reduced number of red blood cells in the bloodstream, usually due to a lack of folate or vitamin B12. Without folate or vitamin B12, the red blood cells do not mature, and do not function normally. This results in anemia: an abnormally low number of red blood cells in the bloodstream.
What are the symptoms of megaloblastic anemia?
Early symptoms of megaloblastic anemia include fatigue, weakness, pale skin, headaches, and faintness upon standing. Late symptoms include palpitations, rapid pulse, fainting, and worsening shortness of breath with exertion.
How does the doctor treat megaloblastic anemia?
Treatment of megaloblastic anemia may include vitamin supplements and iron supplements.
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