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Vitamin B12 & Anaemia BLOOD TESTS

Investigations into Pernicious Anaemia.

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B12 & Anaemia

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  • Intrinsic Factor Antibodies
  • Investigate Pernicious Anaemia
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Vitamin B12 & Pernicious Anaemia Test Kits by post

Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin which plays an essential role in maintaining normal cell function – most noticeably though in red blood cell activity and in nerve function. Interestingly, complex organisms (animals, plants and fungi) cannot make B12. The vitamin has to be extracted from the diet, and is manufactured only by some species of bacteria.

B12 Deficiency & Pernicious Anaemia

In Vitamin B12 deficiency the red blood cells are enlarged (if the deficiency is severe and longstanding), leading to a rise in the MCV. The threshold for diagnosing vitamin B12 deficiency is a matter for debate. Some experts believe levels of 400-500 pmol/L are desirable and that levels below this may lead to symptoms. A level which is sustained below 140 pmol/L will ultimately result in megaloblastic anaemia (or Pernicious Anaemia (PA)), in which there is reduced quality and number of red blood cells. Deficiency may be the result of either low intake of the vitamin or from impaired absorption from the gut. Poor absorption owing to a deficiency of Intrinsic Factor (IF) is generally the underlying reason for PA – and usually this is caused by an autoimmune action, in which antibodies (manufactured by the body’s immune system) mistakenly attack and destroy IF. Vitamin B12 deficiency in the longer run can lead to nervous system disorders – with sensation changes, loss of power or co-ordination, gut disorders and (rarely) dementia or mental illness. Lower level deficiency has been associated with a range of symptoms such as fatigue, memory impairment, irritability, depression and personality changes.

Which Test is best?

The answer to this question is dependent on how much help you are getting from your own doctor, but if you are looking to have a quick private test conducted then the new Advanced B12 profile below looks at most of these factors and is available as a finger prick kit. You will have to select a vacutainer option if you need Intrinsic Factor looking at also.

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  1. Vitamin B12 Advanced Profile

    We believe this profile is a little gem – so much information about red blood cell health – and more – can be gathered from the tests within. And very few profiles offer Active B12 levels as standard –with this knowledge you can be far more confident of your true B12 status than you might be with the total B12 level alone.
    This Advanced Private Blood Test for an advanced B12 Profile, although not suitable for a finger prick home test kit, can be purchased as a professional vacutainer kit for our nurse visit or hospital attendance services. You may also self arrange a blood draw with a local service you are familiar with.
    £119.00
  2. Intrinsic Factor Antibodies

    Often requested as part of an investigation when you have anaemia and/or neuropathy that may be due to a vitamin B-12 deficiency or larger than normal blood cells.
    This Private Blood Test for Intrinsic Factor Antibodies, although not suitable for a finger prick home test kit, can be purchased as a professional vacutainer kit for our nurse visit or hospital attendance services. You may also self arrange a blood draw with a local service you are familiar with.
    £149.00
  3. Vitamin B12 Active

    Holotranscobalamin represents only 10-30% of the Vitamin B12 circulating in the blood but is the ONLY form of Vitamin B12 that is taken up and used by cells of the body, hence it's other name ... ACTIVE B12
    This Private Blood Test for Vitamin B12 Active is available as a finger prick home test kit but can also be purchased as a professional vacutainer kit for our nurse visit or hospital attendance services. You may also self arrange a blood draw with a local service you are familiar with.
    £79.00
  4. Vitamin B12 Total

    This test returns a quantifiable level of Vitamin B12.
    This Private Blood Test for Vitamin B12 Total is available as a finger prick home test kit but can also be purchased as a professional vacutainer kit for our nurse visit or hospital attendance services. You may also self arrange a blood draw with a local service you are familiar with.
    £69.00
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Other Blood Testing Services by Blue Horizon Medicals.
All of the services outlined above rely on the postal service not just to send the kits to you, but also to get your blood back to the Laboratory.This is fine for the majority of tests on this website but sometimes a test that you require will have special handling requirements such as freezing, a need to be spun down by a centrifuge, or have a need for immediate testing. In these situations, and also where turnaround time cannot be reliant on the postal service we recommend that you speak to us about the other services that we can offer you. For speed we recommend our London Service, but we have some good profiles available through 60 Spire and BMI Hospitals across the UK.
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