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Overview
Interpreting Results

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Dr. Betina Chandolia
BDS, MDS - Oral Pathology and Microbiology
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Vitamin B 9

(Vit B9)
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You need to provide
Blood
This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. No special preparation required

Overview


What is Vit B9?

When you have an abnormal complete blood count (CBC) with a blood smear showing large red blood cells (macrocytosis) or abnormal (hypersegmented) neutrophils; when you have symptoms of anemia (weakness, tiredness, pale skin) and/or of neuropathy (tingling or itching sensations, eye twitching, memory loss, altered mental status); when you are being treated for vitamin B12 or folate deficiency.

Why is Vit B9 done?

  1. If you have symptoms of anemia like weakness, tiredness, pale skin 
  2. If you have an abnormal complete blood count and your blood smear shows large red blood cells or neutrophils with more than 5 lobes 
  3. If you have symptoms or signs of nerve problems like numbness, burning in hands, feet, arms,tingling sensation 
  4. If you are being treated with vitamin B12 or folate therapy 
  5. Folate levels in blood may vary based on your recent diet. Since your red blood cells store 95% of circolating folate, your doctor may order a test to measure the folate level within RBC’s

Interpreting Vit B9 results


Interpretations

       Low levels of folate in the blood may indicate:


  • Folic acid deficiency anemia 
  • Malabsorption syndromes 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Chronic alcoholism


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