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This is anaemia (lowered blood haemoglobin) due to a lack of vitamin B12 absorbed from the intestinal tract, due to a lack of intrinsic factor usually. This can be due to auto antibodies against the cells that produce intrinsic factor, stomach ulcers crowding out the cells that produce intrinsic factor, a hereditary lack of intrinsic factor or the after effects of surgery, illness or fish tapeworm. This gives a macrocytic anaemia. Pernicious anemia is an autoimmune disease that renders the person unable to absorb sufficient Vitamin B-12. Eventually the person becomes Vitamin B-12 deficient and must be treated. Prior to the availability of treatment persons died from the disease, hence the name pernicious. It is critical that treatment be obtained as soon as possible. You can find more information at the following website:

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Does Pernicious anemia run in families?

Pernicious anemia seems to run in families

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Anemia can be diagnosed by gastric analysis?

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Which anemia can be diagnosed by gastric analysis?

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What anemia can be diagnosis by gastric analysis?

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What is it called when you lack iron?

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Does a person's sex affect Pernicious anemia?

Pernicious anemia occurs in equal numbers in both men and women

Is pernicious anemia linked to cancer?

An increased risk of stomach cancer has been noted in patients with pernicious anemia

Pernicious anemia cytotoxic or non cytotoxic in which type of hypersensitivity?

generally, pernicious anemia, if autoimmune, is a type 2 hypersensitivity

What signs does Pernicious anemia have?

Signs of pernicious anemia include weakness, sore tongue, bleeding gums, and tingling in the extremities

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Why folic acid alone is contraindicated in pernicious anemia?

The supplementation of Folic acid alone will aggravate the neurological symptoms of Pernicious anemia.

How is pernicious anemia diagnosed?

Diagnosis of pernicious anemia is suggested when a blood test reveals abnormally large red blood cells

What are some diseases that causes weakness?

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What is a megaloblastic anemia resulting in a decrease of hydrochloric acid?

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Explain the relation between vitamin b12 and pernicious anemia?

first of all its called vitamin b12 deficiency anemia. Pernicious anemia and vitamin B12 deficiency anemia are the same thing. Pernicious anemia is caused by a lack of vitamin B12. You're not able to absorb the vitamin B12 due to the absence of intrinsinc factor.

What condition is caused by a lack of a protein intrinsic factor?

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What is the test for pernicious anemia?

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Why do you get iron and b12 deficiency?

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