Pernicious Anemia: Presentations Mimicking Acute Leukemia

Cristi Aitelli, Lori Wasson, Ray Page

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Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause profound alterations in the bone marrow. These alterations can mimic the more serious diagnosis of acute leukemia. The two patients described in this report were originally suspected of having acute leukemia or myelodysplasia on the basis of the bone marrow smear, and induction chemotherapy was considered. However, after further studies, they were both found to have vitamin B12 deficiency, and parenteral vitamin B12 administration resulted in normalization of the bone marrow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-297
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2004


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