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Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Visual Loss

Three autistic children have been identified as having partially reversible optic neuropathy as a consequence of vitamin B12 deficiency.  All the children were on a restrictive, vegan-type diet.  Treatment with intramuscular vitamin B12 injections resulted in an improvemnt in visual function.

Restrictive diets can cause nutritional harm and should be assessed by a specialist Dietitian.  Contact Emma at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or call 01623 882853 for more information.

Source:  Pediatrics 2010 126 (4) p967-970

Posted: January 2011 

 

 
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