Anemia – megaloblastic
Definition of Megaloblastic anemia
Megaloblastic anemia is a blood disorder in which there is with larger-than-normal red blood cells.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Megaloblastic anemia is usually caused by a deficiency of folic acid or vitamin B12.
Signs and tests
For testing information, see:
The first goal is to diagnose the cause of the anemia. The treatment depends on the cause. Anemias related to specific vitamin deficiencies are discussed separately.
Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 1/31/2010