oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Megaloblastic anaemia in Zimbabwe II: diagnostic significance of red cell indices in

Volume 36, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Studies of red cell indices viz: Rbc count, Hb, Hct ratio, MCV, MCH and MCHC were carried out in normal subjects (n = 62) and in patients with: B 12 deficiency (n = 34); folate deficiency (n = 17); and B12 and folate deficiency (n = 18). Although these red cell parameters were diagnostically useful in�distinguishing the patients' groups from the control group; they showed no ability to distinguish the deficient groups from each other. However, their practical and diagnostic significance as screening tests in the local environs is briefly highlighted.

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