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Migraine is a recurrent, primary cause of headache. Although prophylactic vitamin B12 therapy is used on migraine patients, there is a limited number of studies examining the levels of B12 vitamin and folic acid in pediatric patients diagnosed with migraine. The study group (Group 1) included 65 pediatric patients diagnosed with migraine in the Pediatric neurology outpatient clinic, and 87 healthy cases admitted to the general pediatric clinic were included in the control group (Group 2). Complete blood count parameters, vitamin B12, folic acid, ferritin, and 25 OH D vitamin levels of the study and control groups were compared. The mean vitamin B12 level was 196.42 ± 95.54 pg/mL (59-499) in Group 1 and 240 ± 105.24 pg/mL (74-619) in Group 2. The mean folic acid level was 8.85 ± 3.49 pg/mL (3.68-23.70) in Group 1 and 7.24 ± 7.17 pg/mL (1.11-35.50) in Group 2. There was a statistically significant difference between Group 1 and 2 in terms of vitamin B12 and folic acid levels (p = 0.008, p = 0.00). The results of this study indicate the requirement for routine evaluation of vitamin B12 and folic acid levels in pediatric patients diagnosed with migraine.

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Hilal Aydin, Ibrahim Hakan Bucak, Mehmet Geyik. Vitamin B12 and folic acid levels in pediatric migraine patients. Acta neurologica Belgica. 2020 Sep 21


PMID: 32955709

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