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    Old 02-28-2008, 11:56 AM   #1
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    Diagnosing Pernicious Anemia

    I have a B12 deficiency and without injections, my level drops very fast. I have had the antiparietal cell antibody test and the intrinsic factor antibody tests done and both were negative. I have had problems with anemia off and on my whole life. Are these two test accurate for diagnosing pernicious anemia, or should I request further testing to see why I am anemic and B12 deficient?

     
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    Old 02-28-2008, 01:19 PM   #2
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    Re: Diagnosing Pernicious Anemia

    rileyroe--Yes, those two test are standard in testing for PA from what I know. Have you been tested for Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease? FLFLOWERGIRL

     
    Old 02-28-2008, 07:46 PM   #3
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    Re: Diagnosing Pernicious Anemia

    No, I haven't...what does the testing of Celiac disease consist of? Is it possible that I do have PA and the tests for that are coming back ok becuase I have been on B12 injections for over 7 months before the tests were ran?

     
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    rileyroe--Not to my knowledge, those tests wouldn't be changed by B-12 injections, they don't have anything to do with B-12 serum.

    Celiac is DX'd by a simple blood test to measure antibodies and Endoscopy w/a small-bowel biopsy. Then if positive a gluten free diet. You would see a GI doc for this. FLFLOWERGIRL

     
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    Thanks for your info!!!

     
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