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Schilling test

Vitamin B12 absorption test

The Schilling test can determine whether the body absorbs vitamin B12 normally. It helps assess the cause of vitamin B12 deficiency. This test is rarely, if ever, done today.

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Vitamin B12
Intrinsic factor
Pernicious anemia
Celiac disease - sprue
Hypothyroidism
Liver disease
Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia
Blind loop syndrome

References

Hogenauer C, Hammer HF. Maldigestion and malabsorption. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 104.

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