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Does pernicious anemia run in families

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Rarely: Most cases of pernicious anemia are acquired due to immune destruction of the stomach cells which produce intrinsic factor. This results in poor absor ... Read More
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Dr. Julio Hajdenberg
30 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Sometimes: Pernicious anemia (pa) is a horrible misnomer for what should be called autoimmunity mediated deficiency of b12. It is well known that autoimmune cond ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Danny Farmer
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes! To both!!: Both may be autoimmune diseases and frequently are hereditary! Both are very easily diagnosed by lab tests! See your physician if you think you have e ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Rosner
Specializes in Rheumatology
See a rheumatologist: Additional blood and urine testing is needd to confirm the diagnosis of lupus (sle). There are many confirmatory blood tests that can be ordered. So ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Wait: Many normal people have low-titer positive ana's and they mean nothing by themselves. If you have symptoms suggestive of lupus, continue the workup a ... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Antiparietal cell: Not all B12 deficiency is due to pernicious anemia-autoimmune disease, antiparietal cell and antiintrinsic factor antibodies. Other rtests may be need ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Maybe: If the units do show a low folic acid, I'd examine your eating / supplement habits, and whether you might have impaired absorption from something like ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Treatable: This condition can be well treated with life-long use of B12 injections or nasal sprays and results in normalisation of the blood counts.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: I wish every question were this easy to answer. Methadone treatment is a great blessing for many people. Classic pernicious anemia is an autoimmune ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ben Ferguson
9 years experience General Surgery
Possibly.: There appears to be some association between pernicious anemia and the risk of developing gastric cancer, but this is controversial. Pernicious anemia ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Some: Pernicious anemia is due to malabsorption of vitamin b-12 from the GI tract. It is a form of low blood cell count with associated symptoms of fatigue ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Enlarged: Red blood cells together with anemia.

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