THE VITAMIN B12 AND FOLATE PATHOLOGY INVESTIGATION
THE INVESTIGATION OF ERRORS IN PATHOLOGY TESTS
FOR VITAMIN B12 AND FOLATE DEFICIENCY
BY MEANS OF MEDICAL EXPERIMENTS
INTRODUCTION
Introduction
Importance of Diagnosis

Vitamin B12 deficiency

Failure to diagnose vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to irreversible neurological damage, including:

  • brain damage in young children whose mothers had undiagnosed B12 deficiency
  • degeneration of the spinal cord, in a person of any age, resulting in severe neuropathy
  • dementia and neuropsychiatric disorders, especially in the elderly

Untreated vitamin B12 deficiency can also cause a secondary folate deficiency.

Folate deficiency

Failure to diagnose folate deficiency can lead to:

  • neural-tube defects such as spina-bifida
  • potentially life-threatening anaemia

In addition, undiagnosed vitamin B12 or folate deficiency can cause a wide range of debilitating symptoms that can often be reversed with correct diagnosis and treatment.

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