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Neuroregression in an infant: A rare cause

C Gomathi Saranya, Gutta Mohan Chand, R Sowmiya Narayani, Saji James, Ponnurangam Nagarajan Vinoth

Abstract


Neuroregression in infants has diverse aetiologies, and vitamin B12 deficiency is a rare one. Infantile vitamin B12 deficiency is usually secondary to maternal pernicious anaemia or maternal vegetarian diet. We report a 10-month-old infant with developmental regression secondary to vitamin B12 deficiency. Her mother was a strict vegetarian and the patient was exclusively breastfed. Clinical symptoms normalised after vitamin B12 supplementation. 


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C Gomathi Saranya, Department of Pediatrics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai, India

Gutta Mohan Chand, Department of Pediatrics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai, India

R Sowmiya Narayani, Department of Pediatrics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai, India

Saji James, Department of Pediatrics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai, India

Ponnurangam Nagarajan Vinoth, Department of Pediatrics, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai, India

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Keywords

Neuroregression; infants; vitamin B12 deficiency; vegetarian

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South African Journal of Child Health 2015;9(2):59-60. DOI:10.7196/SAJCH.882

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-11-16
Date published: 2015-01-29

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