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Childhood B-12 deficiency and joint pain
Posted by: angela
Date: February 29, 2000 4:56 PM

My 11 year old daughter has had stomach pains for the last two years and doctors discovered she was B-12 deficient. B-12 supplements helped the stomach pain. She has now developed joint pains and compulsive behavior, like counting everything. Are they all tied in? A friend of hers of the same age has the same symptoms but instead of compulsive behaviour, she has hives.

Childhood B-12 deficiency and joint pain
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: March 1, 2000 6:01 PM

While pernicious anemia is associated with autoimmune disorders of the immune system, I know of no association with joint pains or compulsive behavior. You may be looking at independent conditions, however if her friend also has pernicious anemia, that would be very unusual as the overall incidence is 1 in 1000 and the incidence in children is much lower.

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