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J Am Geriatr Soc. 1990 Jul;38(7):743-7.

Prevalence of intrinsic factor antibodies and vitamin B12 malabsorption in older patients admitted to a rehabilitation hospital.

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Department of Hematology, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA 02114.

Abstract

It is possible that the commonly measured serum level of vitamin B12 may miss some cases when used to detect vitamin B12 malabsorption and deficiency in older persons. Serum levels of vitamin B12 and intrinsic factor antibody (IFAB) were determined on 250 consecutive patients over the age of 70 admitted to a rehabilitation hospital. Patients with abnormal results on either test were given the standard Schilling test when possible. Eight patients had documented B12 malabsorption. Of these, five had a low serum B12 level alone and one had a low serum B12 level and a positive IFAB level; however, two patients had positive IFAB and normal serum B12 levels. Serum IFAB level may serve as a useful adjunct to serum B12 level in detecting vitamin B12 malabsorption in older patients.

PMID:
2370393
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