HENRY FOY; ATHENA KONDI
To the editor: Your November 1977 issue has just arrived, and we have read the article by Brandt, Bernstein, and Wagle (1), "Production of Vitamin B12 Analogues in Patients with Small-Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth."
Some years ago we reported (2, 3) the response to 200 000 to 400 000 IU of oral or intramuscular penicillin daily for 6 to 12 days in Africans with gross nonpernicious megaloblastic anaemias and haemoglobin counts as low as 2g/100 ml. These patients also responded to 80 µg of oral or intramuscular vitamin B12. On entrance the patients had low serum B12 levels (20 to 100
FOY H, KONDI A. Vitamin B12 Analogues and Bacterial Overgrowth. Ann Intern Med. ;89:430. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-3-430_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(3):430.
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