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Red Cell Folate Testing

Unwarranted and Overutilized in the Era of Folic Acid Supplementation


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November 2010

Welcome to Mayo Medical Laboratories' Hot Topics. These presentations provide short discussions of current topics and may be helpful to you in your practice.

Our presenter for this program is Amy K. Saenger, PhD, Director of the Central Clinical Laboratory in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Saenger will discuss the limited utility of testing for erythrocyte folate in the age of folic acid supplementation. She will also offer alternative choices for the diagnosis of folate and vitamin B12 deficiency.



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