Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia

Megaloblastic macrocytic anemia

Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells provide oxygen to body tissues. There are many types of anemia.

Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia is a low red blood cell count due to a lack (deficiency) of vitamin B12.

Megaloblastic anemia - view of red blood cells

This picture shows large, dense, oversized, red blood cells (RBCs) that are seen in megaloblastic anemia. Megaloblastic anemia can occur when there is a deficiency of vitamin B-12.

Hypersegmented PMN (Close-up)

This image shows a large polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) with multiple discretely-identifiable nuclear lobes. It can be seen in megaloblastic anemias. Normal PMN's have less than or equal to 5 lobes.



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