The RBC's here are smaller than normal and have an increased zone of central pallor. This is indicative of a hypochromic (less hemoglobin in each RBC) microcytic (smaller size of each RBC) anemia. There is also increased anisocytosis (variation in size) and poikilocytosis (variation in shape).

Which of the following nutrient deficiencies is most often associated with this appearance?

A Cobalamin

B Folic acid

C Iron