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Hi I have vitamin B12 Deficiency. Doc didn't say pernicious anemia. Everyone said I'm going to get cancers. God im so scared. I've started injections?

Hi I have vitamin B12 Deficiency. Doc didn't say pernicious anemia. Everyone said I'm going to get cancers. God im so scared. I've started injections?

B12 def: Are you vegetarian or vegan, they have B12 issues at times because B12 sources are animal. May also be ileitis or intestinal issues where B12 is absorbed (if not pernicious anemia) or dietary/ age. If you are on injections and you level are adequate (I like above 400) I would not be concerned, don't worry ...Read more

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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


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How low does level of vitamin B12 need to be considered deficiency anemia?

How low does level of vitamin B12 need to be considered deficiency anemia?

Low B12: Values of less than 200 pg/ml are a sign of a vitamin B12 deficiency. People with this deficiency are likely to have or develop symptoms. Older adults with vitamin B12 levels between 200 and 500 pg/ml may also have symptoms. ...Read more

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My vitamin B12 levels are pretty low. Around 80 pg/ml. Is it possible I have anemia.?

No guessing: I cannot imagine any physician measuring a vitamin level without including the more important blood cell count test. One does not just guess anemia. ...Read more

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What would cause a vitamin B12 deficiencybesides anemia?

What would cause a vitamin B12 deficiencybesides anemia?

Vitamin B12 def: Actually it's the other way around, Vit b12 def causes the anemia. B12 def occurs in people who are vegetarian and don't take vitamin supplement, also malabsorption could lead to B12 def, also there is a condition called pernicious anemia which is an autoimmune disease and these patient cannot absorb b12. ...Read more

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How low does ones vitamin B12 level need to be to reach anemia?

Good question: It depends more on how long it is low. The longer the B12 level is low is more important then the level. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can pernicious anemia or severe vitamin B12 deficiency cause chronic non-specific duodenitis??

Can pernicious anemia or severe vitamin B12 deficiency cause chronic non-specific duodenitis??

Not clear: No clear evidence for the causal-effect relationship between the two. PA is an autoimmue-mediated destruction of parietal cells in stomach, resuling in impairmnent of B12 absorption. Certainly it is possible that pernicious anemia may co-exist or exacerbate duodenitis via immune process or loss of balance in duodenal fluid, or anemia. But the causal-effect relationship is not well established. ...Read more

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If I have pernicious anemia (intrinsic factor antibody), what happens if I skip monthly vitamin B12 injection?

U get anemic: Hi, skipping the injections will lead to anemia and other consequences of vitb12 deficiency, when the stores are depleted. Hope this answers the query. ...Read more

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Please what's the difference between pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency. My iron levels are perfect. I'm getting injections for vitamin b12.

Please what's the difference between pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency. My iron levels are perfect. I'm getting injections for vitamin b12.

Intrinsic factor: Vitamin B12 is present in meat and animal protein foods. Absorption of B12 occurs in the intestine (ileum) and requires intrinsic factor (IF), made by stomach cells. In pernicious anemia, IF production is deficient, and results in anemia, a reduction in hemoglobin/hematocrit. One can be vitamin B12 deficient without becoming anemic and/or without having deficient IF. Best wishes:) ...Read more

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My mom was diagnosed a few years ago with vitamin B12 deficiency/anemia. Could this be a genetic thing?

My mom was diagnosed a few years ago with vitamin B12 deficiency/anemia. Could this be a genetic thing?

Not exactly.: Pernicious anemia as cause of B12 deficiency is an autoimmune disease. The tendency to develop autoimmune disease is genetic, but not specific for a particular condition. It is not like eye color where you can predict with certainty what will happen. Autoimmune disease is part genetic, but something else has to happen to trigger it. ...Read more

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I have vitamin B12 Deficiency not pernicious anemia. My doctor told me. My reading was 160. What is that number is it 160mcg.

I have vitamin B12 Deficiency not pernicious anemia. My doctor told me. My reading was 160. What is that number is it 160mcg.

It's on your report: The lab report should have a reference value. Sometimes it is reported as nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), or as picograms per milliliter (pg/mL)
1 picogram is equal to 0.001 nanograms, making the nanogram a larger unit.
when you take b12, the dose is usually in micrograms (mcg)
1 mcg is equal to 1000 nanograms
i had to look up all that, by the way ...Read more

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Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

Why we treat megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency with folates (folic acid)?

We don't: Megaloblastic anemia caused by B12 deficiency is treated with b12. Folate (folic acid) deficiency also causes meg. Anemia. Some with B12 deficiency are also deficient in b12, but if one has low B12 ; isn't deficient in folate (folic acid) there's no need to supplement with it. But it won't hurt to take folate (folic acid);if you're among the 1/3 of people with problems converting Folic Acid to it's active form you should take l-5-mthf. ...Read more

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What are all the causes of moderate macrocytic anemia in elederly other than vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency. Can severe depression cause that?

What are all the causes of moderate macrocytic anemia in elederly other than vitamin B12 and folic acid defficiency. Can severe depression cause that?

Depression>poor eatg: Anemia should not be accepted as an inevitable consequence of aging. A cause is found in approximately 80 percent of elderly patients. The most common causes of anemia in the elderly are chronic disease and iron deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency, folate (folic acid) deficiency, gastrointestinal bleeding and myelodysplastic syndrome are among other causes of anemia in the elderly. Serum ferritin is the most us. ...Read more

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My doctor has told me I do not have pernicious anemia. I have vitamin B12 Deficiency. Blood test result was 160. So I have mild vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Get a consult: "Mild vitamin B12 deficiency" is like being "a little bit pregnant." It should not happen -- ESPECIALLY if you are, as you say, pregnant. If this happened because you are a vegetarian, reconsider or start supplementing now. Otherwise, you have a right & duty to know what's happening. Your primary care physician didn't communicate answers to you -- a 2nd physician's input is in order. ...Read more

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My dad has normal tests of liver and kidneys. Also normal urine test, vitamin b12, heart, mch, wbc, and no tumor. But got macrocytic anemia. Why?

My dad has normal tests of liver and kidneys. Also normal urine test, vitamin b12, heart, mch, wbc, and no tumor. But got macrocytic anemia. Why?

Labs: How high is the MCV and how low is the Hb? A blood B12 can be misleading in come cases, a more definite test is needed, called Methylmalonic acid acid level along with RBC folate level and not just a pure folic acid level. If they are normal. In some cases a Homcystine level may be needed. Best of luck ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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Gallbladder Removal (Definition)

Gallbladder removal is just that. Surgical removal of the gallbladder. Technically known as a cholecystectomy, it is usually done laparoscopically with small incisions and is one of ...Read more


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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more