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Intrinsic factor is produced by the parietal cells in the stomach and is necessary to extract vitamin B12 from the food we eat. This test identifies whether antibodies to instrinsic factor are present which would indicate an autoimmune condition called pernicious anaemia.
Pernicious anaemia causes vitamin B12 deficiency, affecting the brain, the manufacture of red blood cells and the nervous system.
Symptoms of perncious anaemia can become extremely debilitating and can cause lasting damage if not caught early enough. Symptoms include, fatigue, shortness of breath, brittle nails, pins and needles and cognitive difficulties (brain fog).
Pernicious anaemia can be treated by regular vitamin B12 injections which must be administered for life.
This test is for individuals who have a vitamin B12 deficiency and wish to investigate whether it is caused by an autoimmune disorder.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Intrinsic Factor Antibodies blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Intrinsic Factor Antibodies test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Intrinsic Factor Antibodies test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Intrinsic Factor Antibodies test results.
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