The disease that we diagnosed our patient Dominic Delorme with Anemia. Anemia is a condition that is caused by a lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin in one’s body. If one has abnormal or fewer than normal numbers of red blood cells, their hemoglobin is abnormal and the cells in their body will not receive enough oxygen. Many symptoms that are evident due to this conditions occur because the organs in the body are not receiving the proper oxygen they need to function properly.  There are different types of Anemia such as Iron Deficiency Anemia, Anemia of Chronic Disease, Anemia Deficiency of B12 and many more. Our patient had Anemia Deficiency of B12 which occurs when the body does not have enough of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is what makes red blood cells, which is what carries oxygen through one’s body. Lack of B12 leads to a lack of red blood cells, therefore, a shortage of oxygen through one’s body. The main sources of this vitamin are meat, eggs, milk, and cheese. Normally, the vitamin is absorbed by the digestive system, however, when the digestive system cannot absorb the vitamins it causes Anemia Deficiency of B12. This occurs when ones have pernicious anemia which causes the body to destroy cells in the stomach that help absorbs vitamin B12, or ones have had surgery to remove part of their stomach or their ileum. These surgeries are used to help people lose weight. Amena Deficiency of B12 can also occur when one does not eat enough food with B12 such as those who have a vegan diet or are older and do not eat a variety of food, therefore, requiring the need to take daily vitamin pills. A symptom of vitamin B12 deficiency can go unnoticeable causing many people to ignore them believe they are just growing old. However, as the anemia progresses symptoms that may occur are pale skin, the feeling of weakness, tiredness and lightheaded, sore, red tongue or bleeding gums, loss of weight and diarrhea and constipation. At first, we believed that the problem was located in the intestines, therefore using the symptoms we were provided such as fatigue, paleness and diarrhea lead us to be that the possible illness could be either Food Poisoning, Bowel Obstruction, Bowel inflammation, Gastrointestinal bleeding. Using this asked questions about more symptoms the patient was presenting such as whether you could physically see the issue and if the patient was experiencing constipation or abnormal gas, vomiting or frequent nausea. The answers to all these questions were no, therefore, ruling those out as possible symptoms. Next, we discovered that the patient was presenting the symptom of frequent blood loss. However, we also found out that illness was not located in the intestines and a colonoscopy did not show any irregularities. After getting an Iron Test and a CBC we discovered that his iron was normal however his hemoglobin was dangerously low which mean he had a deficiency of red blood cells. Using all the symptoms we had which were, low hemoglobin, weight loss, fatigue, paleness and diarrhea we did some research and came to the conclusion that these were all symptoms of Anemia Deficiency of B12. 

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