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What causes low RBC, WBC and platelet counts while treating vitamin B12 deficiency?

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Posted on Thu, 29 Dec 2016
Question: the platellet count, RBC and wbc are low. took 10 nos of b12 injections. yet b12 is also low
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Answered by Dr. Shailja Puri (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Vitamin B 12 deficiency may be accompanied by deficiency of folic acid also

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for posting your query on HealthcareMagic.
Vitamin B 12 deficiency is often accompanied by low RBC count, low platelet count and low WBC count.
Vitamin B 12 deficiency is corrected by either vitamin injection or oral supplementation.
Persistence of low vitamin B 12 despite 10 injections of vitamin B 12 indicates some other deficiency also in addition of vitamin B 12 deficiency.
I suggest you to get folic acid levels also.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is often accompanied by deficiency of folic acid.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja Puri

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Brief Answer: Vitamin B 12 deficiency may be accompanied by deficiency of folic acid also Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query on HealthcareMagic. Vitamin B 12 deficiency is often accompanied by low RBC count, low platelet count and low WBC count. Vitamin B 12 deficiency is corrected by either vitamin injection or oral supplementation. Persistence of low vitamin B 12 despite 10 injections of vitamin B 12 indicates some other deficiency also in addition of vitamin B 12 deficiency. I suggest you to get folic acid levels also. Vitamin B12 deficiency is often accompanied by deficiency of folic acid. Thanks and take care Dr Shailja Puri