Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Repeated USMLE Questions Step 1- 232
C-Macrocytic anemia with neurological signs
D-Normochromic normocytic anemia
This is most likely a case of folic acid deficiency. Folic acid is routinely administered during pregnancy to avoid complications of its deficiency which result in neural tube defects. Folic acid deficiency also leads to macrocytic anemia which is differentiated from Vitamin B deficiency macrocytic anemia in lack of neurological signs. Microcytic anemia is mainly caused by iron-deficiency and some congenital diseases while normocytic anemia occurs in general diseases and some types of hemolytic anemias.
The correct answer is B