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THE ABSORPTION OF VITAMIN B12 IN MEGALOBLASTIC ANAEMIA ASSOCIATED WITH PREGNANCY
  1. J. Metz,
  2. S. M. Lewis,
  3. K. J. Keeley,
  4. D. Hart
  1. Isotope Laboratory, South African Institute for Medical Research, Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg
  2. Department of Medicine, Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg

    Abstract

    The absorption of 60CoB12 has been studied in a group of patients suffering from megaloblastic anaemia associated with pregnancy and in a control group.

    The mean urinary excretion of 60CoB12 in the patients with megaloblastic anaemia is not significantly different from that of the control group. Five of the 30 patients showed a value towards the lower limit of normal, but the serum vitamin B12 content in this group was within the normal range.

    Malabsorption of vitamin B12 does not appear to play a significant role in the pathogenesis of this form of megaloblastic anaemia.

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