What is the diagnostic significance of vitamin B12 deficiency in the evaluation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Vitamin B12 deficiency can occur in patients with Crohn disease who have significant terminal ileum disease or in patients who have had terminal ileum resection. The standard replacement dose of vitamin B12 is 1000 mg subcutaneously (SC) every month, because oral replacement is often insufficient.


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