Imerslund-Gräsbeck syndrome in an African patient

J Trop Pediatr. 1999 Apr;45(2):106-7. doi: 10.1093/tropej/45.2.106.


Imerslund-Gräsbeck syndrome (IGS) is a rare cause of megaloblastic anaemia in young children. We wish to report the first case described from Africa. The diagnosis of IGS was made on the findings of a low vitamin B12 level, mild proteinuria, and a vitamin B12 absorption test unaffected by the intrinsic factor. The patient responded well to treatment with intramuscular vitamin B12.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anemia, Megaloblastic / etiology*
  • Female
  • Gastroenteritis / complications*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Malabsorption Syndromes / complications*
  • Malabsorption Syndromes / congenital
  • Proteinuria / complications
  • Vitamin B 12 Deficiency / complications*