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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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I have pernicious anemia — must I give up alcohol?

I have pernicious anemia — must I give up alcohol?

Certainly: Pernicious anemia is due to vitamin B12 deficiency. Alcohol in many ways can contribute to B12 deficiency: 1. Interferes with b vitamin absorption — alcoholics also do not have enough b vitamins in their diet 2. May cause gastritis leading to poor acid secretion in stomach (acid helps B12 absorption) 3. May cause intestinal damage leading to malabsorption. Thus, better to avoid alcohol! ...Read more

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How can I treat pernicious anemia?

How can I treat pernicious anemia?

Cobalamin therapy: Try a trial of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) first and have a physician to repeat lab to ensure adequate dose. Also, it may need additional therapies for cobalamin deficiency due to underlying diseases involving intestine or pancreas. Please check for Folic Acid deficiency as well and this may be related to nutritional deficiency. If you are a vegetarian, please take vitamin B12 daily. ...Read more

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How do you treat pernicious anemia?

How do you treat pernicious anemia?

Vitamin B-12: Pernicious anemia is a complicated disease, but the end result is that patients become deficient in vitamin b-12. Therefore, the treatment primarily involves b-12 supplementation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pernicious anemia?

What is the definition or description of: pernicious anemia?

Due 2 B12 deficiency: It is a decline in the amount of red cells in the circulation as a result of impaired production in the bone marrow resulting from a lack of vitamin b12. This is most commonly as a consequence of impaired absorption due to an autoimmune condition affecting the stomach lining. If untreated, it may also lead to brain and spinal cord problems. It is easily treatable with replacement therapy. ...Read more

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Does pernicious anemia run in families?

Rarely: Most cases of pernicious anemia are acquired due to immune destruction of the stomach cells which produce intrinsic factor. This results in poor absorption of B12 from food and patients get anemic as a result. Only rarely can children get this as a congenital cause. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the markers for pernicious anemia and what are some grey areas or areas to watch?

It is easy to Diagno: Pernicious anemia is caused by Vitamin B12 deficiency. Therefore, a Blood test can measure the B12 level in the blood and give you/your doctor the answer to your question. It is usually associated with larger sized red cells(Macrocytic Anemia) and bone marrow shows megaloblasts. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen to people who have pernicious anemia but are intolerant to b12?

I'm curious what could happen to people who have pernicious anemia but are intolerant to b12?

Vit b12: If you have pernicious anemia- and you do not take replacement of vit B12- your vitamin b12 obviously will continue to go down. Anemia, weakness, fatigue, memory problem, forgetfulness, neuropathy, dementia can happen with significant vitamin b12 deficiency- and those can become permanent if you do not take supplement of vit b12. What do you mean by intolerance? You can get via IM, sublingual. ...Read more

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Is cirrhosis related to pernicious anemia?

Is cirrhosis related to pernicious anemia?

No it is not!: Unless it is primary biliary cirrhosis, or autoimmune hepatitis. They are associated with true pernicious anemia. Alcoholic cirrhosis is not! ...Read more

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Since having pernicious anemia I get drunk quicker?

Maybe a little.: If you have a significant anemia with low red blood cells I suppose you could feel a little more woozy with a smaller amount of alcohol, but unless you are pretty anemic I would not expect this to be a signifiant effect. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What differences are there in megaloblastic anemia and pernicious anemia?

Pernicious = Vit B12: Megaloblastic anemia refers to any condition which causes large red blood cells (folate (folic acid) deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency, etc.) pernicious anemia can be thought of as a *type* of megaloblastic anemia which is caused by vitamin B12 deficiency secondary to malabsorption. ...Read more

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Can you get blood clots from having pernicious anemia?

Rarely.: Pernicious anemia by itself does not cause blood clots, but some patients with pernicious anemia are at risk for developing cancer. Cancer definitely increases your risk of blood clots. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Wondering why pernicious anemia patient having opthous ulcer?

B-12: Pernicious anemia is a type of anemia caused by vitamin b-12 deficiency. Vitamin b-12 is necessary for the normal maturation of red blood cells but also other types of cells in the body including those of the oral mucosa, where lack of normal maturation leads to various mucosal lesions from flattening of the taste buds to aphthous ulcers. ...Read more

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I was wondering is B12 deficiency the same as pernicious anemia?

Related: Technically, pernicious anemia (pa) is due to low B12 levels caused by changes in the stomach resulting in decreased ability to absorb the B12 from a lack of something called "intrinsic factor." there are other causes of B12 deficiency that technically are not pa. Today, tests can find B12 deficiency before someone has symptomatic anemia so deficiency by itself is not always pa. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is pernicious anemia helped by B12 vitamins as well as B12 injections?

Most true B-12: Deficiencies are due to loss of "intrinsic factor", secreted by the stomach, it aids absorption, so if it is missing pills will not work. Shots of b-12, cyanocobalamine, are bright red, and are used for placebo effect in some instances. Most people have intrinsic factor, normal b-12 levels. ...Read more

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Why is jaundice a sign of pernicious anemia? Couldn't it be something else?

Why is jaundice a sign of pernicious anemia? Couldn't it be something else?

Jaundice not usual: Jaundice is not usually a sign of PA. PA causes a severe anemia with large red blood cells and may be associated with neurologic symptoms and stomach problems. Sometimes the pallor of severe anemia is confused with jaundice, but can be distinguished by measuring serum bilirubin. ...Read more

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Can severe anemia/pernicious anemia cause similar symptoms to bran damage or dementia?

Can severe anemia/pernicious anemia cause similar symptoms to bran damage or dementia?

Yes: B12 deficiency can cause severe brain issues such as what you are describing. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Can you have symtoms of pernicious anemia with a high bB12 blood count? I do not take supplements.

How high?: Your blood B12 level is above 250 and your hemoglobin is above 12.0 gm, you need not worry about pernicious anemia.
You may consult this site for info:
https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003705.htm ...Read more

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Diagnosed with autoimmune pernicious anemia 5 years ago. Levels still low or at times borderline despite monthly injections of cyanocobalamin.

What's wrong?: If the level of B12 is not enough you may need a larger dose. If you mean you still have a mild or borderline anemia that can be OK. There is no reason to make you better than normal (borderline is still normal). I see you have a low ferritin and a high iron saturation. Talk with your doc about why those numbers are what they are. You may have another source of anemia. ...Read more

Pernicious Anemia (Definition)

A decrease in red blood cells when the body can't ...Read more


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

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