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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is pernicious anemia genetically caused?

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Dr. Louis Cooper
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Not usually: Pernicious anemia is caused by vitamin B12 or Folic Acid deficiency. It may be associated with gastrointestinal or liver problems and should be investigated by your physician.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Strong genetic: association! Can run in families!

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Autoimmune disease: Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease producing autoantibodies against intrinsic factor found in the lining of the stomach. This leads to lack of absorption of vitamin B12 which is important in making blood cells and for nourishment of the nervous system. Treatment would be by replacement of B12 via injections or absorption into the body by other means (nasal spray).

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