Nutritional vitamin B-12 deficiency in hospitalized young children

Cetinkaya F., Yidirmak Y., Kutluk G., Erdem E.

PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY, cilt.24, ss.15-21, 2007 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 24 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2007
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/08880010601001370
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.15-21


The authors sought to determine prevalence, social, economic, and dietary patterns of young children (n = 20) identified as having vitamin B-12 deficiency anemia after admission to their hospital in the last 3 years. The diagnosis of vitamin B-12 deficiency was based on symptoms and clinical findings, findings on peripheral blood films and bone marrow aspirates, and serum levels of vitamin B-12. The children had been exclusively breast-fed without any animal food supplementation. Serum vitamin B-12 levels were also measured in the sera of mothers and found to be low. The authors concluded that vitamin B-12 deficiency might be an important health problem among children of mothers who do not consume animal foods adequately.