Vol. 4, Issue 7 (2018)
Assessment of role of Vitamin B12 and folic acid in iron deficiency anaemia
Author(s): Dr. Ratnesh Kumar, Dr. KN Mishra
Abstract: The association of vit-B12 and folate deficiency with anaemia in the studied population from the eastern part of India becomes important because despite the state initiative to supplement iron to the population at large during the last 40 years (since 1970) a significant decline in the incidence of anaemia has not been seen. Based on the above complication this study was done with the objective to study the association of folic acid and vitamin B12 deficiency in patients with iron deficiency anaemia in Indian children. The 50 childrens enrolled in the present study were diagnosed with the anaemia. These were referred to Department of Paediatrics, Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital, Darbhanga from July 2010 to July 2011. Laboratory investigations were done like mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular haemoglobin (MCH), mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration (MCHC), serum ferritin, serum iron, total iron binding capacity (TIBC), serum transferrin (TRF), serum folate assay and serum vitamin B12 assay. The likely causes predisposing is delayed weaning and inappropriate complementary feeds. Maternal malnutrition contributes to poor stores of Vitamin B12 and Folic acid in infancy. The findings of our study support the need for a broad public health strategy for the control of anemia among Indian children beyond delivering iron supplementation alone.
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