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if i had polycythemia as a child is it likely that my son will also have it?

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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 predisposes to polycythemia there is no need to worry.
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics 31 years experience
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 something that is inherited. Polycythemia vera is associated with certain gene defects. Mutations in the jak2 and tet2 genes are associated with polycythemia vera.

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