Elevated vitamin B6 whole blood levels in Australian patients

Gemma M Daley, David Kanowski and Lee Price
Med J Aust 2023; 218 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51896
Published online: 17 April 2023

To the Editor: Paradoxically, both vitamin B6 deficiency and excess are associated with peripheral neuropathy. Increasingly, patients are presenting with peripheral neuropathy associated with elevated vitamin B6 whole blood levels, as previously presented by our laboratory.1

  • Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Brisbane, QLD


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