Macrocytic Anemia: Definition and Causes


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Decreased levels of vitamin B12:

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1. A macrocytic cell refers to:

2. Causes for macrocytic anemia with normal RDW would most likely include:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taking a look at what happens when blood cells balloon, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of macrocytic anemia. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what happens from decreased levels of vitamin B12 as well as knowing the characteristics of a macrocytic cell.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Results of vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Characteristics of a macrocytic cell
  • Causes for anemia with normal RDW
  • Implications of megaloblastic anemia
  • When anisocytosis happens

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding when anisocytosis happens and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the implications of megaloblastic anemia
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related macrocytic anemia lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about why bigger isn't always better, review the corresponding lesson, Macrocytic Anemia: Definition and Causes. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify the functions of the elevated mean corpuscular volume
  • Understand how a red blood cell can become macrocytic
  • Describe the process for determining the cause of anemia
  • Explain when aplastic anemia may occur
  • Appreciate what happens when RDW and MCV levels are high