Leukaemia: Vitamin deficiency that can mimic the symptoms of blood cancer


Several of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency result from abnormalities in the blood cells the bone marrow produces.

This can include producing the wrong proportion of red or white cells, or producing red blood cells that are abnormally large.

This results in shortness or breath and frequent tiredness as your red blood cells becomes less capable of carrying oxygen.

Changes to the number of platelets, another bone marrow product, can result in more frequent bruising or difficulty to stop bleeding after an injury.


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