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How does polycythemia affect your blood?

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Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Thicker blood: Thicker blood means slow flow to the organs. True polycythemia may cause headaches. Severe polycythemia can develop blood clots.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: Agree with Dr. B. In addition to the issues mentioned by Dr. B, people with polycythemia vera are at greater risk of blood cancer. In fact polycythemia vera is a mild form of blood cancer.

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Last updated Oct 27, 2018

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