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The increasing importance of vitamin B12 deficiency as a contributing factor to anemia in Malaysia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7777906     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A comparative study was done to determine the profile of vitamin B12 and folate status in Malaysians during two different periods. For the period of 1987/88, we analysed a total of 9,162 cases (inpatients) referred for vitamin B12 estimation and 10,290 cases for folate estimation. We found that 2.6% were vitamin B12 deficient and 31.2% were folate deficient. For the period of 1992/93, of the 9,962 cases assayed, 8.2% were found to be vitamin B12 deficient whereas 7.6% of the 10,355 cases referred were folate deficient. Vitamin B12 and folate were assayed either using microbiological or radioassays. These findings indicate that there appears to be a change in the status of both vitamin B12 and folate over the five year interval.
R Ishak; K Hassan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0125-1562     ISO Abbreviation:  Southeast Asian J. Trop. Med. Public Health     Publication Date:  1994 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-07-11     Completed Date:  1995-07-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0266303     Medline TA:  Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health     Country:  THAILAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  457-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hematology Division, Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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MeSH Terms
Anemia / etiology*
Folic Acid Deficiency / complications,  epidemiology
Malaysia / epidemiology
Vitamin B 12 Deficiency / complications,  epidemiology*

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