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Is pernicious anemia caused by using antibiotics?

Is pernicious anemia  caused by using antibiotics?

Unlikely: Pernicious anemia is caused by a lack of b12, which is required to make red blood cells. The usual cause is a stomach condition (gastritis, cancer, post-gastrectomy) or a disease of the small bowel (surgical resection, chrohn's). It is rarely caused by vegan diets. Drugs that suppress stomach acid and some diabetes medicines have been associated with pa. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Is anemia caused by an infection?

Is anemia caused by an infection?

Can be: An infection can lead to some degree of anemia. The anemia should resolve with successful treatment of the infection. ...Read more

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Is anemia caused by your spleen?

Is anemia caused by your spleen?

It depends: In some forms of anemia such as autoimmune hemolytic anemia, the spleen is actively involved in the pathophysiology of the disease. In other types, such as iron deficiency, the spleen has nothing to do with the disease. ...Read more

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Which drugs cause hemolytic anemia? Can it be caused by 20 plus day of different antibiotics used?

More than one way.: Some drugs cause hemolysis in people with an enzyme (g6pd) deficiency only. Other drugs may cause hemolysis through autoimmune mechanisms. Some antibioitics can casue hemolytic anemia, different types of pencillins being one type of antibiotic.See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000578.htm. ...Read more

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What problems can be caused by iron deficiency?

What problems can be caused by iron deficiency?

Anemia: Iron is critical to making hemoglobin. Iron deficiency cause anemia. If it is low, it can be due to several causes and should be investigated carefully. See your doc right away if you think you are low in iron and/or anemic. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia caused by malaria. Can it be cured?

I was diagnosed with hemolytic anemia caused by malaria.  Can it be cured?

Yes: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. With treatment, the symptoms should go away in a couple of weeks. However, without treatment, and depending on the strain of malaria parasite, an infected person can have symptoms for a few years, up to a few decades. The person develops immunity over time, and his symptoms may decrease as the years go by. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mild normocytic normochromic anemia to be caused by blood thinners?

Is it possible for mild normocytic normochromic anemia to be caused by blood thinners?

Not likely at all: That probably is not the reason for your anemia. You need further tests. ...Read more

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Can 1mos use of Prevacid (lansoprazole) cause iron/b12 deficiency? Or is it more likely caused by atrophic gastritis for which PPI was prescribed?

Can 1mos use of Prevacid (lansoprazole) cause iron/b12 deficiency? Or is it more likely caused by atrophic gastritis for which PPI was prescribed?

Atrophic gastritis: Prevacid (lansoprazole) can cause b12 deficiency or pernicious anemia, but it's limited moreso to the elderly. Atrophic gastritis has a clearer association and can be a cause of pernicious anemia from low b12. Iron level measurements are often changed with anemia, but neither Prevacid (lansoprazole), nor atrophic gastritis seem to cause iron deficiency directly. ...Read more

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How is anemia treated by a hematologist?

How is anemia treated by a hematologist?

Many causes: There are many causes of anemia. They are categorized by mechanism: blood loss, faulty or decreased red blood cell production, or destruction of red blood cells. Iron deficiency caused by blood loss is the most common. Many doctors treat common anemias by eliminating the cause (source of bleeding), prescribing supplements (iron/B12),but a hematologist is needed for more complex diagnosis/treatment ...Read more

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Can anemia be caused by a viral infection?

Can anemia be caused by a viral infection?

Yes viruses can : There are some viruses that stop blood production. Other viruses trigger an immune response that causes red cell destruction. ...Read more

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Can low MCH and MCHC only caused by iron deficiency or can there be any other reasons behind it , e.g. vitamin deficiency?

Can low MCH and MCHC only caused by iron deficiency or can there be any other reasons behind it , e.g. vitamin deficiency?

Low MCHC: aa30, MCHC being low is caused overwhelmingly by low iron and thus hemoglobin molecules per cell, however extremely rare hemoglobin mutations in predominately the alpha chain of hemoglobin protein which weakens the affinity for the Fe (iron) molecule to O2 can also cause low MCHC. We call these low affinity hemoglobinopathies and alpha chain thalassemias. Dr Hilliard ...Read more

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What diseases are caused by zinc deficiency in pregnancy?

What diseases are caused by zinc deficiency in pregnancy?

Interesting question: Zinc supplementation during pregnancy for women with mild zinc deficiency appears to promote fetal growth and reduce the risk of premature birth and infant diarrhea. Acrodermatitis enteropathica can be seen in pregnant women with severe zinc deficiency. ...Read more

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Can geographic tongue be caused by a zinc deficiency?

Can geographic tongue be caused by a zinc deficiency?

No proven link: As far as i know there is no proven link. If you suffer from geographic tongue, try zinc supplements. It’s been suggested that a zinc deficiency may be responsible for some incidences of geographic tongue. Zinc supplements may lessen the effects of the condition in this case but will not remove it completely. Run your own test and let us know the results. ...Read more

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Is hypogonadism caused by steroids use reversible?

Is hypogonadism caused by steroids use reversible?

Hypogonadism: There are many causes of hypogonadism, too numerous to enumerate here. Steroid use very certainly among the causes. ...Read more

Pernicious Anemia (Definition)

A condition in which the body can't absorb enough vitamin B-12 from one's diet, resulting in decreased ...Read more


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

A condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood, resulting ...Read more