Laboratory results

1. A macrocytic anemia usually is present, and leukopenia and thrombocytopenia may occur. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and indirect bilirubin typically are elevated.

2. Vitamin B12 levels are low. RBC folate levels should be measured to exclude folate deficiency.

D. Treatment of vitamin B 12 deficiency anemia. Intramuscular, oral or intranasal preparations are available for B 12 replacement. In patients with severe vitamin B12 deficiency, daily IM injections of 1,000 mcg of cyanocobalamin are recommended for five days, followed by weekly injections for four weeks. Hematologic improvement should begin within five to seven days, and the deficiency should resolve after three to four weeks.

Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid Preparations



Cyanocobalamin tablets

1,000 pg daily

Cyanocobalamin injection

1,000 pg weekly

Cyanocobalamin nasal gel (Nascobol)

500 pg weekly

Folic acid (Folvite)

1 mg daily

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