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Descriptor English:   Folic Acid Deficiency 
Descriptor Spanish:   Deficiencia de Ácido Fólico 
Descriptor Portuguese:   Deficiência de Ácido Fólico 
Synonyms English:   Acid Deficiencies, Folic
Acid Deficiency, Folic
Deficiencies, Folic Acid
Deficiency, Folic Acid
Folic Acid Deficiencies  
Tree Number:   C18.654.521.500.133.699.308
Definition English:   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) 
See Related English:   Anemia, Sideroblastic
History Note English:   66(64) 
Allowable Qualifiers English:  
BL blood CF cerebrospinal fluid
CI chemically induced CL classification
CO complications CN congenital
DI diagnosis DG diagnostic imaging
DH diet therapy DT drug therapy
EC economics EM embryology
EN enzymology EP epidemiology
EH ethnology ET etiology
GE genetics HI history
IM immunology ME metabolism
MI microbiology MO mortality
NU nursing PS parasitology
PA pathology PP physiopathology
PC prevention & control PX psychology
RT radiotherapy RH rehabilitation
SU surgery TH therapy
UR urine VE veterinary
VI virology  
Record Number:   5631 
Unique Identifier:   D005494 

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