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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

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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Can people with anemia drink alcohol?

Can people with anemia drink alcohol?

Provided you are. ..: Pursuing diagnosis and corrective measures for your anemia, alcohol consumption in moderation is unlikely to be a concern. Those who imbibe in excess, however, often have poor nutrition that can influence rbc production. The occasional adult beverage is likely to be just fine, but you should confirm this advice with your physician, who should be knowledgable about the cause and rx of your anemia. ...Read more

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Heavy drinker 2 years. Now low haemoglobin. US normal, endoscopy normal. 58kg 23 yo. Can alcohol cause Anemia?

Heavy drinker 2 years. Now low haemoglobin. US normal, endoscopy normal. 58kg 23 yo. Can alcohol cause Anemia?

No: Anemia is caused by suppression of bone marrow by chemo, poor diet with essentially no iron or subclinical mild bleeding. The latter frequently occurs with alcoholism where a superficial stomach or esophageal ulcer is present and intermittent loss of small quantities of Hgb occur not clinically obvious. One should change diet and discontinue alcohol intake. Blood count should recover. ...Read more

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Can anemia affect the results of your blood alcohol level?

Can anemia affect the results of your blood alcohol level?

Depends on what: Is being tested. If it is truly a "blood" alcohol level, as opposed to a "serum" alcohol level, severe anemia may have an impact on the accuracy of the test, particularly if close to the legal limit (0.08 gms% or 80 mg%). If tested by breathalyzer, it corresponds more with the serum alcohol level which is more accurate, but about 10% off from the blood alcohol level. ...Read more

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Should you stop drinking alcohol if you have macrocytic anemia (increased mcv)?

Should you stop drinking alcohol if you have macrocytic anemia (increased mcv)?

See below: Excessive alcohol intake can cause liver disease which can cause macrocytic anemia. Also people people who drink lots of alcohol could have nutrient and vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin b 12 and folic acid, and deficiencies from these can also cause macrocytic anemia. It's okay to have a drink now and then though. ...Read more

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I'm feeling faint and have some symptoms of anemia I work out fequently my diet is not great and I drink alcohol everyday. Could these be a factor

I'm feeling faint and have some symptoms of anemia I work out fequently my diet is not great and I drink alcohol everyday. Could these be a factor

Alcohol and anemia: Drinking alcohol everyday could irritate your stomach and lead to small amount of blood loss without you being aware. Have your doctor check out your iron count and complete blood count to see if you are iron deficient. Consider decreasing the alcohol intake. ...Read more

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Slightly yellow eye balls, especially mornings. Skin normal color doesn't drink alcohol. Prior history of borderline anemia. Green eyes. What can it be?

Slightly yellow eye balls, especially mornings. Skin normal color doesn't drink alcohol. Prior history of borderline anemia. Green eyes. What can it be?

Insufficient info: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion from the available information. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation, especially in the yellow color of the eyeballs is recent. Hemolytic anemia causing mild jaundice is one possibility. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol if I have a folic acid deficiency anemia and have problems blacking out in the past with out alcohol consumption?

Can I drink alcohol if I have a folic acid deficiency anemia and have problems blacking out in the past with out alcohol consumption?

Nope: Clearly you have a serious problem with alcohol use disorder. Do your best to not use alcohol at all. Your anemia is one result of this problem, but in itself is not the main reason to continue to avoid alcohol. Avoidance will still be necessary if and when the anemia is gone. Continue to discuss with your doctor. Don't look to this or other forums for justirfications for coninuted drinking. ...Read more

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How much alcohol can cause a low blood count?

Unclear question: Chronic use of alcohol can decrease blood count. Different people respond differently. If your blood count is low due to drinking, you are drinking way too much! ...Read more

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What is dialysis, and why are the patients at risk for anemia?

What is dialysis, and why are the patients at risk for anemia?

Cleansing of blood: Dialysis is the cleansing of the blood through an artificial membrane. It replaces some of the physiologic functions of a normal kidney but is generally inferior to a functioning kidney. One of the functions of the kidney is to produce a hormone that stimulates blood produciton. When kidney function is impaired, this hormone production is diminished, resulting in anemia. ...Read more

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If the patient MCV value had been 127.7 what would the appropriate description of the anemia be?

Macrocytic.: The high MCV value suggests that the red blood cells are larger in diameter than they should be. Can be seen in B12 deficiency, folic acid deficiency, hypothyroidism and alcoholism. ...Read more

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Why do patients with severe anemia may be compromised if transfused with large quantities of long stored blood?

Why do patients with severe anemia may be compromised if transfused with large quantities of long stored blood?

Ask your doctor: I am not too concerned about using old blood as there is no serious complication due to use of long stored blood. Ask your doctor why you needed the blood transfusion...That is much more important to find out and treating the cause. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with pernicious anemia?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with pernicious anemia?

Some: Pernicious anemia is due to malabsorption of vitamin b-12 from the GI tract. It is a form of low blood cell count with associated symptoms of fatigue, paleness, breathing difficulties, etc. While not very common, all such patients should be evaluated by their doctor to give treatment for the pernicious anemia if that is the only problem and to discover any other problem. ...Read more

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Wondering why pernicious anemia patient having opthous ulcer?

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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Can a sickle cell anemia patient gain weight? If so how or what ways?

Can a sickle cell anemia patient gain weight? If so how or what ways?

Sickle cell, wt gain: This is a tough question. With increase of metabolic rate due to the body trying to replace RBC's that's life span is 20 days instead of 120 days, increase of calories is important. Hydration is very important to avoid crisis episodes. New therapy with Hydroxyurea is showing promise in the area of weight gain. A diet high in Omega N3 fatty acid is important as is avoiding excess iron. ...Read more

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How long a patient can live treated with immunosuppressive drugs for severe aplastic anemia?

How long a patient can live treated with immunosuppressive drugs for severe aplastic anemia?

An extended: Period of time. Most patients reach a new baseline which is probably not normal. Therapy is tapered slowly. We never start before 1 year or longer if response is continuing to improve. ...Read more

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How can a patient as well as their family and friends be helped with coping with sickle cell anemia?

How can a patient as well as their family and friends be helped with coping with sickle cell anemia?

Start with the doc: Good question! If you are fortunate to have a comprehensive sickle cell program or organization, in your area, a phone call or visit to an event can help establish a connection. Some programs have dedicated social workers who work with family and friends to help with psychological and social aspects of the disease. If "coping" means specific problems, start with the hematologist and his staff. ...Read more

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What is the success ratio while dealing with severe aplastic anemia patients with immunosuppressive drugs.?

Not high: Hope is there with bone marrow transplant, the brakes are immuno suprssive agents, need more information. ...Read more

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Is iron-deficient anemia curable or just treatable? Once a patient is diagnosed with it, can they be un-diagnosed? Can it go away for good? Yes or no?

Find the cause: Once the cause (heavy monthly loss, bleeding ulcer, cancer, ill-advised vegetarianism, hookworm, others) is identified and addressed, replacing the iron solves the problem. ...Read more

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How should we regenerate bone marrow, if I am patient of plastic anemia?

How should we regenerate bone marrow, if I am patient of plastic anemia?

See details: Aplastic anemia is a serious issue that requires you be under the care of a hematologist. The treatment depends somewhat on the cause but prednisone.Is usually a component of that treatment. ...Read more

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Can a patient with hemolytic anemia be injected with gadolinium?

Depends: Certain patients with hemolytic anemia can have increased risk of allergic reactions to contrast used in scans. However, gadolinium has been used commonly in MRI scans in patients with inherited hemolytic anemias such as sickle cell anemias and thalasemias. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for a patient with microcytic normochromic anemia?

Maybe: It all depends upon finding the cause- then treatment can be formulated. How important this is depends upon the severity of the anemia and all of your other medical conditions. There are many potential causes of this from early iron deficiency to drug effects to inflammation hidden or otherwise- you should be seeing a hematologist. ...Read more

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Why would an H&H be low while in hospital with no history of anemia in A patient with aspiration pneumonia on continuous IV fluids?

Sounds normal: Modest anemia, i.e. low hematocrit and hemoglobin levels, almost always occurs along with serious infections like pneumonia, and with many other health problems. If the patient is otherwise healthy, the anemia should clear over a few weeks after the pneumonia has been treated. Discuss with the patient's doctor if you remain concerned about it. ...Read more

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Can we use hydroxyurea with sickle cell anemia patient?

Can we use hydroxyurea with sickle cell anemia patient?

HU in sickle cell: Certain patients with sickle cell can be helped by Hydroxyurea (hu). Initially, Hydroxyurea was thought to increase fetal hemoglobin levels (not carrying the sickle cell mutation), but more recently, hu has been shown to decrease high white blood cell counts which can lead to vaso-occlusive crises. Talk with your hematologist to see if hu is right for you. ...Read more

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What are common cold antibody found in patients with aquired cold hemolytic anemia?

What are common cold antibody found in patients with aquired cold hemolytic anemia?

IgM antibodies,,,: These are known as cold agglutinins because they agglutinate or act at colder temperatures than IgG or "warm" agglutinins. That is, they act or agglutinate at colder than body temperature or 28-31 deg Centigrade. This is mostly due to idiopathic or unknown cause, lymphoma type disease or infection. The result is hemolysis of the red cells and anemia with its symptoms. They're IgM antibodies. ...Read more

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Why are red blood cell transfusions commonly used to treat some patients with anemia?

Why are red blood cell transfusions commonly used to treat some patients with anemia?

Replacement: Anemia is basically a lower than normal number of red blood cells. If it is bad enough, it may be life-threatening because red cells carry oxygen to tissues. A transfusion fixes (at least temporarily) the problem by "filling the tank". Transfusions carry their own risks and are not treated lightly by doctors! ...Read more