Vitamin B12 deficiency: A sign to look out for in your hands – and what to do next

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“Pernicious anaemia is characteristically diagnosed by the presence of intrinsic factor antibodies (IFABs),” said Dr Tidy.

“If IFAB is positive, the future management is lifelong therapy,” he elaborated.

“If IFAB is negative, a further serum vitamin B12 level is recommended after three to four months.”

Food malabsorption is considered to be a “strong possibility” of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

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