GPs urged to order fewer vitamin B12 and folate tests
Vitamin B12 and folate tests should not be ordered for patients with non-specific symptoms such as weakness and tiredness, say pathologists.
In a position statement, the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPA) says vitamin B12 and folate deficiencies should only be suspected in patients with:
- neuropsychiatric symptoms
- haematological disorders
- type 1 diabetes
- those who are malnourished and undernourished, and those on PPIs long term.
In addition, tests for vitamin