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Disease Folic Acid Deficiency

Name Folic Acid Deficiency
Synonyms Acid Deficiencies, Folic | Acid Deficiency, Folic | Deficiencies, Folic Acid | Deficiency, Folic Acid | Folic Acid Deficiencies
Definition A nutritional condition produced by a deficiency of FOLIC ACID in the diet. Many plant and animal tissues contain folic acid, abundant in green leafy vegetables, yeast, liver, and mushrooms but destroyed by long-term cooking. Alcohol interferes with its intermediate metabolism and absorption. Folic acid deficiency may develop in long-term anticonvulsant therapy or with use of oral contraceptives. This deficiency causes anemia, macrocytic anemia, and megaloblastic anemia. It is indistinguishable from vitamin B 12 deficiency in peripheral blood and bone marrow findings, but the neurologic lesions seen in B 12 deficiency do not occur. (Merck Manual, 16th ed)
Categories Nutrition disorder
MeSH® ID D005494

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DiseasesNutritional and Metabolic Diseases Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Nutrition Disorders Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Malnutrition Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Deficiency Diseases Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Avitaminosis Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Vitamin B Deficiency Has associated chemicals Has associated genes Has associated exposure references Folic Acid Deficiency Has associated chemicals Has associated genes

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Folic Acid Deficiency Has associated chemicals Has associated genes
  Folate Malabsorption, Hereditary Has associated chemicals Has associated genes