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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 23 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 23 years experience
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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 48 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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What impact will my anemia have on my baby?

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Will jaundice of the mother affect the health of the baby?

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I was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia caused by malaria. Can it be cured?

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Yes: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. With treatment, the symptoms should go away in a couple of weeks. However, without treatment, and depending on the strain of malaria parasite, an infected person can have symptoms for a few years, up to a few decades. The person develops immunity over time, and his symptoms may decrease as the years go by.
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Is it possible for chronic gastritis to cause pernicious anemia?

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The two are linked: This finding goes back to 1964, believe it or not: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1552204/?Page=1 there are autoimmune antibodies in both conditions, so while one might not cause the other, the two are related.

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