My blood test confirmed my B12 level was low at 178, is that just a deficiency or considered pernicious anemia? I also have iron deficiency anemia.

Please do what. your doc asks you to do. Your B 12 is low. Sublingual tablets of B 12 that melt under the tongue are much better than swallowing B 12 because that has to go through the GI tract and you absorb much less. Peace and good health.

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Why MCHC is low in iron deficiency anemia but normal in pernicious anemia?

MCHC. MCHC=mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration This value is a calculated value of hemoglobin per red cell. In iron deficiency the body has difficulty making enough hemoglobin, and the resultant cells are both small and low on hgb. The defect with PA is not with hgb synthesis but with cell replication and nuclear maturation, so the amount of hgb/cell is unaffected. Read more...

I have pernicious anemia & iron deficiency anemia (severe) of Unknown origin. My hemoglobin has always been stable (low normal) but has dropped twice?

Pernicious anemia , How was your pernicious Anemia diagnosed ? Are you on B12 injections ? are you receiving Folic acid tabs ? If you are not receiving replacement therapy for both , you need to see a blood specialist for eval & treatment . A far as you Hgb dropping twice , there is a source of blood loss , from your GI tract ( stomach or colon ) .you need EGD & colonoscopy to look for blood loss. Take care. Read more...

Is there a specific blood test to diagnose pernicious anemia? I have a family history. My doctor told me I have borderline B12 deficiency.

Antiparietal cell. Not all B12 deficiency is due to pernicious anemia-autoimmune disease, antiparietal cell and antiintrinsic factor antibodies. Other rtests may be needed to check for, e.g. H pylori infection. Read more...
Pernicious anemia. Yes your doctor can run a battery of tests including a cbc, peripheral blood smear, a serum b 12 level, and a reticulocyte count. These usually will help to diagnose the condition. Sometimes methylmalonic acid and homocysteine levels will be drawn to help with the diagnosis. Read more...

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...

Hi, I'm anemic, my hematologist office called for follow up blood test. She tells me I have non iron deficiency anemia. Can you tell me what this is?

Anemia. simply put, you are anemic, and you're apparently not deficient in iron. The reason for this has not yet been elucidated. You need to follow up with your primary care doctor to help determine the cause of the anemia. If you have not had a colonoscopy recently, you will need that also, most likely, despite your iron status. Don't ignore the anemia! Good luck. . Read more...

I have very mild anemia. Is there a blood test to determine what caused my anemia? Is there an iron deficiency test to determine if I have iron def.?

Blood test. Serum iron and ferritin levels provide a good indication of iron stores in the body. A simple blood count, if it shows small red cells is usually an indication of iron deficiency. Menstruating women are at risk of iron deficiency duet to loss of red blood cells in the menstrual discharge. You may take oral iron supplement with multivitamins. Read more...

Is it possible to have normal blood levels but have every symptom of severe iron deficiency anemia?

Probably not anemia. "Normal blood levels" (e.g. hematocrit, hemoglobin, or iron testing) prove iron deficiency isn't the problem. The symptoms of "severe iron deficiency anemia" are exactly the same for many other health problems. See your doctor to learn the cause. Read more...

What kind of blood tests for iron deficiency/anemia?

CBC and Ferritin. A CBC would establish a diagnosis of anemia and microcytosis would suggest iron deficiency. The latter can be tested for by measuring blood levels of ferritin, transferrin, and iron binding capacity. The cause of iron deficiency then needs to be investigated and may be due to blood loss, dietatry deficiency, malabsorption etc. Read more...

How do I know if I'm experiencing B12 deficieny or iron deficiency anemia?

Blood test. The anemia of iron deficiency give very small red blood cells. The anemia of B12 deficiency causes large rbcs. But even better than looking at the blood count would be to measure the iron andb12 levels. This can be done by you primary physician. Read more...
Assuming anemia... Fe deficiency and B12 deficiency can be distinguished by the size of your red cells. Fe deficiency results in a microcytic hypo chromic anemia, reticulocytopenia and a wide red cell distribution width. B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency (and pernicious anemia--intrinsic factor deficiency) give rise to a megaloblastic anemia. Red cell indices from a cbc. There are many causes of anemia besides these though. Read more...