Journal article

LONG-TERM NEUROLOGIC CONSEQUENCES OF NUTRITIONAL VITAMIN-B12 DEFICIENCY IN INFANTS

SM GRAHAM, OM ARVELA, GA WISE

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 1992

Abstract

A review of the clinical findings in six infants with nutritional vitamin B12 deficiency seen during the last 10 years was undertaken and an attempt made to obtain long-term neurologic follow-up. There was a consistent clinical pattern in vitamin B12-deficient infants; irritability, anorexia, and failure to thrive were associated with marked developmental regression and poor brain growth. Two of the four patients who qualified for long-term review had a poor intellectual outcome. Although early response to treatment is satisfying, the long-term consequences of nutritional vitamin B12 deficiency in infants emphasize the need for prevention or early recognition of this syndrome.