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    Megaloblastic Anemia

    Megaloblastic Anemia

    Megaloblastic anemia is a decrease in the amount of oxygen-carrying substance (hemoglobin) found in red blood cells. A person with this condition has low numbers of abnormally large, immature red blood cells that do not function properly.

    Megaloblastic anemia can be caused by a folic acid deficiency or vitamin B12 deficiency.

    Medical care for megaloblastic anemia is based on identifying and treating the cause of the anemia.

    Current as of: February 5, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Joseph O'Donnell, MD - Hematology, Oncology

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