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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 13, No. 3, 2013, pp. 850-852
Bioline Code: hs13128
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
Document available free of charge

African Health Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2013, pp. 850-852

 en Vitamin B12 deficiency presenting as an acute confusional state: a case report and review of literature
Kibirige, D; Wekesa, C; Kaddu-Mukasa, M & Waiswa, M


Background: Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with a wide spectrum of neuro-psychiatric manifestations.
Results: We report a case of a 44 year old female patient referred to the haematology unit with vitamin B12 deficiency presenting as an acute confusional state or delirium. Total resolution of the psychiatric symptoms occurred following parenteral vitamin B12 replacement therapy.
Conclusion: This case report highlights one of the neuro-psychiatric presentations of vitamin B12 deficiency in a previously healthy individual.

Vitamin B12 deficiency; acute confusional state; delirium

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