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do people with polycythemia have much hemoglobin in their red blood cells?

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Dr. Nancy Mellow
43 years experience Internal Medicine
No more than usual: The problem is the number of red blood cells (there are too many), not the amount of hemoglobin in each cell.
Answered on Mar 31, 2016
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Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Normal : In polycythemia the amount of hemoglobin in red cells is normal. The total number of red cells (red cell mass) is increased. Hgb > 18.5 or hct>56 in males strongly suggests increased red cell mass.
Answered on May 7, 2018

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