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Pernicious Anemia (Definition)

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 ...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.

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

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I have foot drop (pernicious anemia) and after a lot of b12& pt, mobility is getting better but it's still numb, is that normally how recovery goes?

I have foot drop (pernicious anemia) and after a lot of b12& pt, mobility is getting better but it's still numb, is that normally how recovery goes?

Foot drop: Foot drop from nutritional deficit can be caused from an effect on the nerves from your back, the sciatic nerve from your buttock, or the peroneal nerve from the side of your knee. Recovery from nutritional replacement is predicated on extend of original injury i.e. Insulation on nerves or nerves themselves sounds like you are recovering as expected. ...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 does pernicious anemia cause people to have achlorhydria?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does having pernicious anemia lead to fertility problems?

Yes indirectly: Pernicious anemia is a deficiency of vitamin B12 and or folate (folic acid) (another b vitamin) that can lead to significant medical problems many of which affect the nervous system. Folate (folic acid) is so critical to fetal neural development that the fda recommends that all women trying to conceive or pregnant take a Folic Acid supplement of 0.4 milligrams or 400 micrograms a day. ...Read more

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My mom gets pernicious anemia, so am I likely to get it later?

Pernicious Anemia: Pernicious anemia is not inheritated to my knowledge. It is usually caused by lack of the vitamins b 12 in diet ( by vegetarians) or lack of intrinsic factors in autoimmune atrophic gastritis or in patients who had part of the stomach cut off for bariatric surgery( to reduce weight) or as surgical treatment for peptic or gastric ulcers ( gastrostomy). ...Read more

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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more