Megaloblastic Anemia: Causes, Symptoms & Diagnosis

Megaloblastic anemia is a blood disorder marked by the appearance of very large red blood cells that crowd out healthy cells, causing anemia.

Megaloblastic Anemia

Highlights

  1. Megaloblastic anemia occurs when your body produces red blood cells that are larger than normal and you have a low red blood cell count.
  2. The most common symptom of anemia is fatigue, but symptoms can vary from person to person.
  3. Treatment plans for megaloblastic anemia may include dietary changes, oral vitamin supplements, and in some cases, vitamin B-12 injections.

Megaloblastic anemia is a type of anemia, a blood disorder in which the number of red blood cells is lower than normal. Red blood cells transport oxygen through the body. When your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells, your tissues and organs don’t get enough oxygen.

There are many types of anemia with different causes and characteristics. Megaloblastic anemia is characterized by red blood cells that are larger than normal. There also aren’t enough of them. It’s known as vitamin B-12 or folate deficiency anemia, or macrocytic anemia, as well.

Megaloblastic anemia is caused when red blood cells aren’t produced properly. Because the cells are too large, they may not be able to exit the bone marrow to enter the bloodstream and deliver oxygen…

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