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Can alcoholism cause you to have pernicious anemia?

Can alcoholism cause you to have pernicious anemia?

Yes: Alcoholics usually do not take in adequate amounts of Folic Acid which can lead to megaloblastic anemia. B12 deficiency is less common but possible as well.

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Is methadone a cause of pernicious anemia?

Is methadone a cause of pernicious anemia?

No: Unaware of any association. True pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease, caused by antibodies to the cells in our stomachs that produce intrinsic factor, which is needed to absorb vitamin B12 from our intestines. It may be hereditary or acquired. There are other causes of B12 deficiency, including stomach and intestinal diseases/surgery, and lack of B12 in diet. A hematologist can help.

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What causes pernicious anemia and what are some treatments for it?

What causes pernicious anemia and what are some treatments for it?

Low vitamin B12: Pernicious anemia is a condition in which the body is unable to absorb vitamin B12 through the stomach due to loss of a protein called intrinsic factor in the stomach. Treatment invovles replacing b! 2 through injections or nasal sprays- taking oral pills is ineffective.

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What is the actual cause of B12 (cyanocobalamin) deficiency in the body in pernicious anemia?

What is the actual cause of B12 (cyanocobalamin) deficiency in the body in pernicious anemia?

No intrinsic factor: B12 in the diet usually binds to intrinsic factor in the stomach and then gets absorbed by the small bowel. In pernicious anemia, there is low or no intrinsic factor being made by the stomach cells. As a result, there is gradual deficit of B12 stores and eventaully as all the B12 is gone the new red blood cell production is affected.

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B12=262 & muscles have gotten weak in the past month. Grandmother and great grandmother both had pernicious anemia and/or B12 def. Cause for concern?

Yes: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your B12 level is just at the lower limit of normal. Your family history does put you at risk for B12 deficiency. It can be corrected with B12 injections at one to 3 month intervals. It would be prudent to consult your doctor.

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What are the causes of symptoms in pernicious anemia?

What are the causes of symptoms in pernicious anemia?

Lack of vitamin B12: Pernicious anemia is due to a lack of vitamin b12. B12 is necessary for the normal function of the nervous system and the formation of red blood cells.

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Does methadone cause pernicious anemia?

Does methadone cause pernicious anemia?

Not likely: Methadone is a very strong opioid medication, with a long list of serious side effects. But pernicious anemia is NOT one of them. Contact your doctor for specific information about your case, re your anemia and specific doses of methadone you are taking. Anemia may be related to other meds you are taking, or an underlying illness. Check with your MD.

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Does pernicious anemia cause high serum b12?

Low vitamin B12.: Pernicious anemia is a LOW vitamin B12 state. This occurs when the body fails to make enough of a specific protein to enable the body to absorb vitamin B12. This usually occurs when the immune system attacks a specific cell in the stomach that produces the needed protein. Since the body can't absorb vitamin B12 through the stomach it can be given in a shot and even under the tongue.

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What are the causes of pernicious anemia and what are the treatments for it?

Classical: Pernicious anemia (b12 deficiency) occurs when a cofactor in the stomach, intrinsic factor, does not do its job. If is needed for B12 absorption.

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I have pernicious anemia. Can it cause bone marrow problems?

I have pernicious anemia. Can it cause bone marrow problems?

Yes: It can cause what is known as megaloblastic anemia. The red blood cells are not produced normally and can also lead to other blood issues, such as low platelets. Can be fixed by replacing vitamin B12 or cyanocobalamin.

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Can long term pantaprozole or gabapentin use cause pernicious anemia?

Pentoprazole: Pentoprazole lowers the acid in stomach, which with chronic use, can interfere with B12 absorption, hence result in pernicious anemia. Neurontin (gabapentin) rarely causes anemia.

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Does hashimoto's run in families? And does it have potential to cause pernicious anemia?

Yes! To both!!: Both may be autoimmune diseases and frequently are hereditary! Both are very easily diagnosed by lab tests! See your physician if you think you have either of these illnesses!

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Hematocrit normal but got high MCV. Could having pernicious anemia be the cause of my long term panic disorder? B12 produces neurotrans. Through methylat

Hematocrit normal but got high MCV. Could having pernicious anemia be the cause of my long term panic disorder? B12 produces neurotrans. Through methylat

Could be: But isn't. a b12 level will confirm that the amount in your system is more than adequate. B12 is in all animal products and is stored for months. Deficiencies occur: in the elderly with very thin absorption areas in the gut that can't get it in. Rare parasitic diseases total hardcore Vegans

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What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

What are the causes of pernicious anemia?

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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How does pernicious anemia cause people to have achlorhydria?

The other way around: Achlorhydria (lack of adequate gastric acid production and secretion) is one of the causes of pernicious anemia and not the other way around. Normal gastric acid is essential for adequate absorption of vitamin b-12. Vitamin b-12 deficiency in turn causes pernicious anemia.

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Can 7yrs of undiagnosed coeliacs cause pernicious anemia, irreversible villi damage and miscarriages?

Gi issues: This is a question best answered by a gastro intestinal specialist, I would seek a consult to find this answer.

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What causes pernicious anemia and a mild increase in gamma globulin?

Pernicious anemia...: Is due to B12 def arising from loss of intrinsic factor production by parietal cells in the stomach and required for B12 absorption in the gut. Anything that produces B12 def can cause these symptoms. Classically, pa is one such diagnosis that is due to destruction of parietal cells by the immune system (ie., an autoimmune disorder). I suspect elevated igg is true, true and unrelated. See your dr.

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