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is jaundice a sign of pernicious anemia?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
No: Jaundice is often associated with hemolytic anemia such as in sickle cell disease.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What impact will my anemia have on my baby?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Usually none : Anemia is common in pregnancy. Most commonly it is caused by iron deficiency and treated with an iron supplement. In most cases it will not be severe enough to affect the baby but can cause risks to the mother. In very severe cases it can lead to poor fetal growth and poor birth outcomes. For more information on iron deficiency anemia click here. http://macobgyn.com/drpl/node/69.
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Are there steps to take to avoid jaundice during pregnancy?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Depends on the cause: Often jaundice is caused by viral infection. Avoiding bodily fluids of infected people & dirty needles can help prevent some types of hepatitis. In other cases, jaundice can be due to exposure to liver toxins, eg, and evaluation by a GI doctor will be needed to determine what can be done to avoid problems. If pregnant women get conditions of the liver, they can be referred to mfm specialist first.
A member asked:

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

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Possibly: It depends on the reason for the jaundice but most jaundice is due to a liver problem. Elevated levels of bilirubin can cross the placenta and affect the baby.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for chronic gastritis to cause pernicious anemia?

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Dr. Michael Benjamin
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
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.
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
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

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