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Do you have pernicious anaemia?

You may be deficient in Vitamin B12

What is pernicious anaemia? 

Pernicious anaemia is a specific type of anaemia that occurs when your stomach and gut cannot absorb Vitamin B12. It is characterized by abnormally large red blood cells, gastrointestinal disturbances, and lesions of the spinal cord.

Pernicious anaemia is also known as megaloblastic anaemia and is different in several ways from every other kind of anaemia. This name is really no longer appropriate. It was given at a time when the cause and treatment of the disease were unknown and the outcome was usually death. Nowadays the condition is easily and effectively treated. Early diagnosis is, however, still important.

Pernicious anaemia is most common in older people. It affects about 1 in 8,000 people over the age of 60. It is more common in women than in men and is more prevalent in people with fairer colouring.

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