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Revista Colombia Médica
Universidad del Valle - Facultad de Salud
ISSN: 0120-8322
EISSN: 1657-9534
Vol. 44, No. 1, 2013, pp. 43-47
Bioline Code: rc13008
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
Document available free of charge

Revista Colombia Médica, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2013, pp. 43-47

 en Vitamin B12 deficit and development of geriatric syndromes
Chaparro, Ocampo & Mauricio, José

Abstract

Vitamin B12 deficiency or cyanocobalamin is a common condition in the elderly. It is repeatedly overlooked due to multiple clinical manifestations that can affect the blood, neurological, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular systems, skin and mucous membranes. The various presentations of vitamin B12 deficiency are related to the development of geriatric syndromes like frailty, falls, cognitive impairment, and geriatric nutritional syndromes like protein-energy malnutrition and failure to thrive, in addition to enhancing aging anorexia and cachexia. Therefore, interventions must be developed to include their screening and diagnosis to make early and appropriate treatment to prevent its complications before they become irreversible.

Keywords
Elderly; vitamin B12 deficiency; Geriatric syndromes

 
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