Molybdenum deficiency is caused by a lack of molybdenum in the diet or soil. It is found in foods such as grains, legumes, nuts, and leafy greens, as well as animal products. It can also be found in some fertilizers, water, and air.
Molybdenum deficiency is usually diagnosed through a combination of physical examination, laboratory tests, and dietary analysis. Symptoms such as anemia, poor growth, and poor appetite can be indicative of molybdenum deficiency. Laboratory tests can include serum molybdenum levels, red blood cell count, and urine analysis.
Molybdenum deficiency can be confused with other conditions such as copper deficiency, iron deficiency, and zinc deficiency.
Treatment for molybdenum deficiency is usually focused on correcting the dietary deficiency by providing the necessary dietary sources of molybdenum. Supplements may also be prescribed as a supplement to the diet.
The prognosis for molybdenum deficiency is generally good if the deficiency is recognized and treated early. With proper diet and supplementation, molybdenum deficiency can be corrected and symptoms can be alleviated.