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A 33-year-old member asked:

Why is jaundice a sign of pernicious anemia? couldn't it be something else?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Jaundice is not: jaundice is not a sign of pernicious anemia. fatigue, tiredness, memory problem, forgetful- could be found with pernicious anemia. if you also have jaundice- need to find other cause of jaundice-. Go to see your PCP and discuss more with your PCP. referral can be made by your PCP to the specialist if needed.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho commented
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Provided original answer
if you have a macrocytic anemia and jaundice- need to make sure that you actually don't have hemolytic anemia. discuss with you MD.
Jun 25, 2014
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Jaundice not usual: Jaundice is not usually a sign of PA. PA causes a severe anemia with large red blood cells and may be associated with neurologic symptoms and stomach problems. Sometimes the pallor of severe anemia is confused with jaundice, but can be distinguished by measuring serum bilirubin.

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