To study the prevalence of vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency in patients admitted in KIMS, Karad;
Material and Methods: 100 patients were selected on basis of below mentioned symptoms. Detailed history was taken regarding the presenting symptoms. A thorough clinical examination was done including central nervous system. They were investigated as per attached preforma . Patients with a history of tingling and numbness in extremities, dizziness, unsteady gait, early tiredness, forgetfulness, proximal weakness, distal weakness, chronic headache, less interest in work, chronic loose stools, strict vegetarians, alcoholics, intake of medications like antitubercular treatment, surgery involving terminal ileum were included in this study.
Results: 100 cases of suspected vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency were studied. There were 33 % patients who were vegetarian. Major cause of vitamin B12 deficiency was found to be folic acid deficiency. Deficiency of vitamin B12 and folic acid;
Conclusion: In a small study it was found that megaloblastic anaemia may have symptoms and signs referable to several systems including skin, gastrointestinal, neurology, neuropsychiatry