What Is Pernicious Anemia? - The Loss of Intrinsic Factor


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Knowing the intricacies of how vitamin B12 is absorbed and where, which of the following may NOT cause a deficiency in vitamin B12?

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1. Treatment of pernicious anemia often includes:

2. Blood tests in people with pernicious anemia may reveal:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following quiz and worksheet will help you gain more knowledge of pernicious anemia. Subjects that will be covered on the quiz include a lack of intrinsic factor and what blood tests show in people with pernicious anemia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following quiz will go over information about the various characteristics of pernicious anemia, including:

  • Treatment of pernicious anemia
  • What it means when radioactive cobalamin is found in urine
  • Lack of intrinsic factor
  • Causes of B12 deficiency
  • What blood tests show in people with pernicious anemia

Skills Practiced

By using the corresponding quiz and worksheet, you will have the opportunity to master the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related pernicious anemia lesson
  • Making connections- use understanding of the concept of intrinsic factor and what it could mean if this factor is lacking
  • Critical thinking- apply relevant concepts to examine information about B12 deficiency in a different light

Additional Learning

To strengthen your knowledge on a specific type of anemia that can affect people, review the corresponding lesson called What is Pernicious Anemia? - The Loss of Intrinsic Factor. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Identify what the intrinsic factor is and how it involves parietal cells and vitamin B12
  • Recall how vitamin B12 is absorbed into the body
  • Review what pernicious anemia is and what causes it to occur
  • Learn about the signs and symptoms of pernicious anemia such as weakness and paleness of the skin
  • Understand what the schilling test is and how pernicious anemia is treated