A 17-year-old male asked:
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last blood test:high red blood cells( 5.8) high hemoglobin (17.3) high hematocrit 52% and high bilirubin 2.1. what's wrong with me? polycythemia vera?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Hey buddy!: You've asked this question repeatedly. Being a smart teen with an interest in science, you're understandably concerned. At your age, and with normal cbc's as a kid (were they normal?) i'd be more concerned about sleep apnea -- that will ruin your life -- or that someone is giving you Anabolic steroids without your knowing it, or an erythropoietin-producing tumor somewhere.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
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