A 52-year-old member asked:
is there a name for the sort of anemia that is hereditary, causing gray hair as well?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
43 years experience Pathology
DKC1: The most famous of these is dyskeratosis congenita, in which the cells of the body that must constantly renew themselves eventually fail. Thankfully, it is quite uncommon. Ordinary pernicious anemia (which should not be missed) can make the hair go gray early.
Answered on Jan 30, 2012
Dr. Martin Rubenstein answered
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
?: It is said that pernicious anemia can be associated with gray hair that can be corrected with vitamin B12 therapy. Pa is more likely to occur if there is a family history of autoimmune diseases, including others with pa, but the tendency is not so strong as inheriting eye color or skin color. The truly inherited anemias (hemoglobinopathies hemolytic anemias, etc) don't cause gray hair.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
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