oa South African Medical Journal - Megaloblastic anaemia of pregnancy and the puerperium



1. The clinical and haematological findings in 14 African and Indian patients with severe megaloblastic anaemia associated with pregnancy or the puerperium are descriptionbed. Clinically detectable malnutrition was not present. 2. This anaemia was found to be the commonest megaloblastic anaemia encountered among Africans and Indians. 3. One patient died of suppurative pyelonephritis. In the remainder response to treatment with folic acid or with vitamin B12 (2 cases) was very satisfactory. No case was transfused.


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