Significantly higher frequencies of hemoglobin, iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid deficiencies and of hyperhomocysteinemia in patients with Behcet's disease

Ying Shiung Kuo, Julia Yu Fong Chang, Yi Ping Wang, Yang Che Wu, Yu Hsueh Wu, Andy Sun

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Abstract

Background/Purpose: Behcet's disease (BD) patients may have one or more hematinic deficiencies. This study evaluated whether there were significantly higher frequencies of hemoglobin, iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid deficiencies and of hyperhomocysteinemia in BD patients. Methods: The blood hemoglobin, iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, and homocysteine concentrations in 63 BD patients were measured and compared with the corresponding levels in 126 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects. Results: We found that 30.2%, 34.9%, 6.3%, 6.3%, and 14.3% of 63 BD patients had hemoglobin, iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid deficiencies and hyperhomocysteinemia, respectively. Both 63 BD and 19 major-typed RAS/BD patients had significantly higher frequencies of hemoglobin, iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid deficiencies and of hyperhomocysteinemia than 126 healthy control subjects (all P-values < 0.05). Moreover, 44 minor-typed RAS/BD patients had significantly higher frequencies of hemoglobin and iron deficiencies than 126 healthy control subjects (both P-values < 0.001). Of the 19 anemic BD patients, one had pernicious anemia, one had macrocytic anemia, 12 had normocytic anemia, four had iron deficiency anemia, and one had thalassemia trait-induced anemia. Conclusion: There are significantly higher frequencies of hemoglobin, iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid deficiencies and of hyperhomocysteinemia in BD patients. The normocytic anemia is the most common type of anemia in our 63 BD patients. We suggest that supplementations of vitamin BC capsules plus deficient vitamin B12 and/or folic acid may reduce the abnormally high serum homocysteine level to a relatively lower level in BD patients with hyperhomocysteinemia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)932-938
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association
Volume117
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Behcet's disease
  • Folic acid
  • Hemoglobin
  • Homocysteine
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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