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can a past head injury mask symptoms of b12 deficiency? could it lead docs in the wrong direction causing misdiagnosis

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 35 years experience
Can you clarify?: B12 deficiency can cause all sorts of neurological symptoms including problems with memory and focus; and so can a head injury. But severe B12 deficiency will also cause many other problems not associated with head trauma, including things like anemia or peripheral nerve issues.

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Last updated Jun 24, 2014

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