Intrinsic Factor Antibodies Blood Test
Autoimmunity (1 Biomarker)
From the expert
This blood test identifies whether antibodies to intrinsic factor are present which would indicate pernicious anaemia, an autoimmune condition.
Pernicious anaemia causes a deficiency in vitamin B12, an essential water-soluble vitamin found in virtually all meat products and certain algae such as seaweed. It helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also required to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Symptoms of pernicious anaemia include, fatigue, shortness of breath, brittle nails, pins and needles and cognitive difficulties (brain fog). Symptoms of pernicious anaemia can become debilitating and can cause lasting damage if not caught early enough. Pernicious anaemia can be treated by regular vitamin B12 injections.
Why take this test?
- You have a vitamin B12 deficiency and wish to investigate whether it is caused by an autoimmune disorder
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