Posted: July 16th, 2017

A client with pernicious anemia asks why she must take vitamin B12 injections for the rest of her life. What is the nurse’s best response?

A client with pernicious anemia asks why she must take vitamin B12 injections for the rest of her life. What is the nurse’s best response?

A. “The reason for your vitamin deficiency is an inability to absorb the vitamin because the stomach is not producing sufficient acid.”
B. “The reason for your vitamin deficiency is an inability to absorb the vitamin because the stomach is not producing sufficient intrinsic factor.”
C. “The reason for your vitamin deficiency is an excessive excretion of the vitamin because of kidney dysfunction.”
D. “The reason for your vitamin deficiency is an increased requirement for the vitamin because of rapid red blood cell production.”

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