Pernicious Anemia

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Quiz: Do You Understand Pernicious Anemia?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

Pernicious anemia occurs in about one percent of the population.

Explanation:
Pernicious anemia is a vitamin B12 deficiency that occurs in about one percent of the population as they age. It can be more common in certain groups, such a those with autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes or patients who have had stomach or ileum (the end of the small bowel) surgery.
2

The most common symptom of vitamin B12 deficiency is nausea.

Explanation:
The most common symptom of vitamin B12 deficiency is fatigue.
3

Pernicious anemia is often fatal.

Explanation:
Fortunately, pernicious anemia does not usually reach more serious manifestations, as it’s diagnosed earlier when a patient presents with fatigue or anemia. The diagnosis is made by measuring a vitamin B12 level, which is easy to do.
4

Vitamin B12 supplementation is necessary to treat pernicious anemia.

Explanation:
Once the diagnosis of pernicious anemia has been made, vitamin B12 supplementation is necessary. Once the diagnosis of pernicious anemia has been made, vitamin B12 supplementation is necessary. Often, a patient receives a short course of B12 injections to put the blood level back into the safe range. Then, the patient will take oral supplements to maintain healthy vitamin B12 levels.
5

Organ meats are a good source of vitamin B12.

Explanation:
You can also increase your intake of foods that are high in vitamin B12. Work with your physician or nutritionist to create a healthy meal plan with foods such as organ meats, clams, sardines, fortified traditional yeast, tuna and fortified cereal.