Many Asian subjects were seen in London in the early 1970s with megaloblastic anaemia; in a majority of cases, this was dietary in origin. Pernicious anaemia occurs in Asians, but the incidence is probably lower than in Caucasians. Megaloblastic anaemia is now less common in this group, but a population survey in Punjabi females in the late 1970's showed anaemia in 32%, and one or more features of iron deficiency in 76%.
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