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Folate Deficiency in Humans

  1. Allan V Hoffbrand

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002268



How to Cite

Hoffbrand, A. V. 2001. Folate Deficiency in Humans. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Royal Free Hospital, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

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Folate is a B group vitamin; its deficiency has a wide variety of causes including poor dietary intake, malabsorption and excess utilization. The consequences are anaemia and other widespread tissue abnormalities. Diagnosis is usually by measurement of serum and red cell folate and treatment is with folic acid.


  • folate;
  • folic acid;
  • megaloblastic anaemia;
  • homocysteine