Importance of vitamin B12 screening in clinical evaluation of elderly patient [Abstract in English]

Alexandre Futterleib, Karen Cherubini

Abstract


Objective: The aim of this work was to present a
literature review about B12 vitamin focusing its importance
for elderly patients, deficiency manifestations and therapeutics.

Data source: Scientific articles and books published
from 1977 to 2004 were reviewed.

Data synthesis: B12 vitamin deficiency occurs frequently
among elderly people with prevalence higher
then 20%. Nevertheless it is often unrecognized because
clinical manifestations are subtle and delayed diagnosis
results in serious hematological and neurological consequences.

Conclusions: Screening of vitamin B12 deficiency is
an important procedure in the clinical evaluation of elderly
patients, as the early diagnosis can improve the patient’s
quality of life by avoiding neurological and hematological
disturbances.

KEY WORDS: AGED; GERIATRICS; VITAMIN B12
DEFICIENCY.



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