Megaloblastic Anemia Associated with Small Bowel Resection in an Adult Patient

  • Ajayi Adeleke Ibijola
  • Abiodun Idowu Okunlola
Keywords: Bowel resection, megaloblastic anemia, neuropathy, paraesthesia

Abstract

Megaloblastic anemia is characterized by macro-ovalocytosis, cytopenias, and nucleocytoplasmic maturation asynchrony of marrow erythroblast. The development of megaloblastic anemia is usually insidious in onset, and symptoms are present only in severely anemic patients. We managed a 57-year-old male who presented at the Hematology clinic on account of recurrent anemia associated with paraesthesia involving the lower limbs, 4-years-post small bowel resection. Peripheral blood film and bone marrow cytology revealed megaloblastic changes. The anemia and paraesthesia resolved with parenteral cyanocobalamin.

Keywords: Bowel resection, megaloblastic anemia, neuropathy, paraesthesia

Published
2021-05-03
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 2667-0526
print ISSN: 1115-2613