Macrocytosis is an abnormality in blood
characterized by the presence of macrocytes, red cells
, whose size and volume is increased. Macrocytosis is often associated with the presence of anemia
, a decreased number of red blood cells
which decreases oxygenation of organs and tissues. Symptoms may be those of anemia with fatigue, a pale complexion, increased heart rate
, shortness of breath
... It may be due to a deficiency
B12 or folate, vitamin B9, which causes a defect in the formation of red blood cells which become larger. Vitamin B12 or folate supplements, in this case, can handle macrocytosis. Macrocytosis is also observed in chronic alcoholism
, in certain abnormalities in the bone marrow
, or due to certain medications.
Published by Jeff
Latest update on December 11, 2013 at 03:48 AM by Jeff.