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What is the difference between megaloblastic anemia and regular anemia?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Cause

Megaloblastic anemia is caused by vitamin B12 or Folic Acid deficiency, or rarely from other causes.
In the blood, the red blood cells are large. In the bone marrow, there is delayed maturation of the red blood cell precursors that give a characteristic appearance when stained and looked at under the microscope. There is no "regular anemia".

In brief: Cause

Megaloblastic anemia is caused by vitamin B12 or Folic Acid deficiency, or rarely from other causes.
In the blood, the red blood cells are large. In the bone marrow, there is delayed maturation of the red blood cell precursors that give a characteristic appearance when stained and looked at under the microscope. There is no "regular anemia".
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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