Pernicious anemia (vitamin B12 deficiency)

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Pernicious anemia (vitamin B12 deficiency)
Pernicious anemia (vitamin B12 deficiency)

The lack of red blood cells caused by the deficiency in vitamin B12.

Lack of vitamin B12 also affects other tissues with high rates of turnover.


Mainly affects adults between 50 and 60 years of age.

Rare in children.


At present, the disease is incurable.

However, regular consumption of vitamin B - 12 will control the symptoms indefinitely and correct complications.

Once started treatment, the symptoms may disappear in 6 months.


Absence of intrinsic factor, a chemical secreted by the mucous membrane of the stomach, which facilitates the absorption of vitamin B - 12.

It is not known why the absence of intrinsic factor, although it may be due to genetic deficiency or an autoimmune disease.

Reduced production of hydrochloric acid, especially after an operation for stomach or combined with the lack of intrinsic factor (hydrochloric acid is also necessary for the absorption of vitamin B - 12)

Signs and symptoms.

Weakness, especially in the arms and legs.

Scots language.

Nausea, loss of appetite and weight.

Bleeding gums.

Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.

Difficulty in retaining the balance.

Lips, tongue and pale gums.

Yellowish eyes and skin.

Breathing difficult.


Confusion and dementia.


Memory leaks.

Risk Factors.

An inadequate diet, especially vegetarians without supplements of vitamin B12.

Disorder of the thyroid.

After stomach operation, stomach cancer or gastritis.

Bulimia and anorexia nervosa.

Family history of pernicious anemia.

Genetic factors. This disease is common in northern Europe and rare in the black and Asian races.


If it has been operated on the stomach or if you suffer from gastritis, should inject vitamin B - 12 regularly.

Diagnosis and Treatment.


History and physical examination by a doctor.

Analysis of blood.

Specific studies, such as determining the concentration of Vitamin B12 in the blood or the Test of Schilling with vitamin B - 12 radioactive.

Analysis of the bone marrow.


General measures.

Avoid very hot water and hot compresses.

His nervous system would be incapable of detecting dangerously high temperatures.


Your doctor will prescribe injections of vitamin B - 12. The power and frequency of these depend on the significance of the disease.

The usual dose is one injection daily for 7 days after an injection weekly for one month and one injection per month for the rest of his life.

Learn how to inject vitamin B - 12, as the oral supplements are not enough.

Treatment is essential for life because, even with treatment, its absorption capacity of the vitaminaB - 12 is not normal.


Without restrictions.


Nothing special.

It was no longer recommend the meat or the liver raw.

The iron supplements may be needed.

Advise your doctor if.

The symptoms do not improve within 2 weeks of treatment.


Congestive heart failure.

Double vision.

Increased susceptibility to infections.

Male impotence.

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