A 39-year-old member asked:
do people with polycythemia have much hemoglobin in their red blood cells?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Nancy Mellow answered
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
Dr. Dan Fisher answered
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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