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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Mar;60(3):498-500. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.09.011.

Glossitis with linear lesions: an early sign of vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Department of Dermatology, Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu de Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. 26449jge@comb.es

Abstract

The classic oral manifestations of vitamin B(12) deficiency are considered nonspecific. We describe 4 patients with oral linear lesions associated with vitamin B(12) deficiency. Patients were free of neurologic symptoms and anemia at diagnosis. We believe that glossitis with linear lesions is an early clinical sign of vitamin B(12) deficiency. We recommend the determination of vitamin B(12) in such patients, even in the absence of anemia.

PMID:
19231648
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2008.09.011
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