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Pediatric Anemia (Megaloblastic or Pernicious)

What You Need to Know

In megaloblastic anemia, there is a decrease in red blood cells. The cells are too large and may be abnormally shaped.

Key Symptoms

The symptoms of megaloblastic anemia are like other types of anemia, such as tiredness and pale skin.


Most anemia in children is diagnosed with blood tests including hemoglobin and hematocrit, complete blood count (CBC), peripheral smear and iron studies.


Megaloblastic anemia from vitamin deficiencies is treated by taking folate or B-12 supplements and eating more foods with these vitamins.


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