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A 51-year-old male asked:

Hi, my hgb has been running at the high of normal, 17.20 to 17.50. i was just tested again and it was 18.4. what would be the expected treatment? thx

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Dr. Thomas Rayson
Pathology 30 years experience
Polycythemia: You're making too much hemoglobin probably because you are making more than normal numbers of red blood cells. This may be do to lung disease or chronic bronchitis from smoking or being at high altitude or hemoglobinopathies. Also a rare form of Proliferative disorder of the blood known as polycythemia vera.

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