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Is peptic ulcer disease also related to having pernicious anemia?

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Dr. Garrett Caldwell
Dr. Garrett Caldwellanswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
It can be: Pernicious anemia is an anemia caused by a deficiency in vitamin b12. To use b12, you must have intrinsic factor which is made by cells in your stomach. If you have numerous ulcers, you could damage the cells and not make enough of this chemical, however that is unlikely.
Dr. Randy Burgett
Dr. Randy Burgettanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Ulcer/infection: Vitamin B12 requires intrinsic factor secreted by the stomach in order to be absorbed. If enough of the stomach cells have been damaged by ulcers, a lack of intrinsic factor secretion could lead to a decreased absorption of B12 and pernicious anemia. Infection with helicobacter pylori can lead to chronic gastritis which can also lead to both ulcers and anemia.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can patients with peptic ulcer disease pud have pernicious anemia?

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Hopefully not: If you are managed with chronic acid reducing medications, you run the risk of low B12 levels in your blood. Get tested and supplement if recommended. You should not experience B12 anemia if under medical care.

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