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How can blood work help diagnose pernicious anemia?

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This can reveal if you have a low amount of hemoglobin. That’s the substance in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen throughout your body. It can check to see the size and shape of your red blood cells. It can also tell the amount of B-12 in your blood that’s “active,” and ready for your body to use.

From: What Is Pernicious Anemia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Is Pernicious Anemia?”

Pernicious Anaemia Society: “Patients FAQ,” “What are the signs and symptoms?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia – Diagnosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Vitamin Deficiency Anemia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Vitamin B-12.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Is Pernicious Anemia?”

Pernicious Anaemia Society: “Patients FAQ,” “What are the signs and symptoms?”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia – Diagnosis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Vitamin Deficiency Anemia.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Vitamin B-12.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 08, 2019

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