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will having polycythemia make my son a better athlete

A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Nordine
20 years experience Pediatrics
No: Polycythemia (increased red cells in the blood) will not make him a better athlete. Within limits, it increases the oxygen deliverable by blood and ma ... Read More
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
35 years experience Pediatrics
Not sure: It increase the risks of complications though, such as blood clots, stroke, headaches, spleen enlargement, sensitive itchy skin, stomach ulcers, joint ... Read More

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not likely: Polycythemia is a condition related to risk factors like maternal diabetis, ABO or rh incompatibility, iugr. Unless you have a condition that predispo ... Read More
Dr. Rashed Hasan
31 years experience Pediatrics
Polycythemia: Some types of polycythemia are inherited. However, if you developed polycythemia soon after birth and then it resolved, then it is less likely to be s ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tammi Schlichtemeier
31 years experience Pediatrics
? age and cause: Polycythemia means that a person has a much higher number of red blood cells in the bloodstream than is normal for age. Newborns sometimes receive mo ... Read More
Dr. Edward Evans
18 years experience Neonatology
Forever no symptoms: Polycythemia, a high number of red blood cells, can be treated by giving fluids or by taking out blood and replacing it with donor blood (exchange tra ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Same as in Gout: About 10-15% of polycythemia vera patients develop gout, a painful inflammation of certain joints (esp. The big toe) caused by precipitation of high u ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Probably okay: Junior may have been a bit dehydrated and in any case reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks are out of range on either sid ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
39 years experience General Surgery
Yes, : Yes, once exogenously administered erythropoietin is stopped, assuming that the patient's kidneys are normal (where erythropoietin is primarily made), ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Yes: Polycythemia is not communicable.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Weeks
45 years experience Family Medicine
Not common: According to one study, about 65,000 people in the US have this condition, or about 22 out of every 100,000 people. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubme ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Marvin Ott
20 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: There are two types of polycythemia. Primary Polycythemia (Polycythemia Vera) is an abnormal proliferation of blood cells, leading to too many red blo ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
45 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Depends.: Prv patients are advised to take Aspirin for clot prevention. Anticoagulants like warfarin or xarelto have specific indications such as treatment for ... Read More
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