A 35-year-old member asked:
Is it possible for someone to have high hemoglobin and also a vitamin b12 deficiency?
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Wound care 35 years experience
B12 Deficiency: There are several things that happen with a B12 deficiency including anemia, neuropathies, and non-soecific neurological affects such as fatigue, depression, irritability, and psychosis. You ask an excellent question. Through research, i could not find any whether the neurological symptoms could occur before the anemia. Clinically, patients are diagnosed with B12 deficiency through anemia first.
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Anesthesiology 25 years experience
It is possible: B12 deficiency generally leads to low hemoglobin levels. But, if a person lives at a high altitude (over 6500 feet, ) they could have a high hemoglobin level if the B12 deficiency is mild. There are also other diseases that cause a high hemoglobin level, such as polycythemia vera.
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Last updated Dec 10, 2016
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