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Friday, October 10, 2008

IRON DEFICIENCY AND PERNICIOUS ANEMIA




Iron deficiency anemia ( Chapter 13) is a condition which may result in dizziness, fatigue and shortness of breath . It may be mild and go unnoticed. More severe forms result in extreme fatigue and difficulty breathing. Depending on the severity, the doctor may order iron supplements or a blood transfusion.( Chapter 1).

Pernicious anemia is a condition which is caused by a lack of intrinsic factor. This is a protein which is produced in the stomach and is responsible for the absorption of Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 injections are ordered by the doctor and given for the rest of the patient's life.

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