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What is megaloblastic anemia?

Megaloblastic anemia is a set of anemias with the same classic features, creating red blood cells that are too large and immature. This can be seen by your doctor on a simple blood test. Megaloblastic anemia occurs because DNA synthesis or protein synthesis is impaired in some way. The most common cause of megaloblastic anemia is due to a deficiency in certain vitamins, in particular vitamin B12 and folate. Alcoholism and certain medications can increase these deficiencies.

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