U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Mac Arthur, WV
A 29-year-old female asked:

Trying to educate myself as my hematologist has mentioned polycythemia. running more labs and said i may need a bone marrow biopsy. is that necessary?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Polycythemia: This process that your specialist has outline is normal. The concentration of the blood can be a normal issue with some medication reactions. If you smoke you will have polycythemia. Too much concentration of the blood can clog up arteries and cause damage and the reason for this must be determined.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Consider a consult: I do not know all the details, but with your age and your treatment history this does not seem like a setting in which i would suspect polycythemia vera rubra, and a mutation assay might be ordered first if this is a consideration. And the fact that you sent this question while already under a hematologist's care suggests to me you want a 2nd opinion in any case. It's absolutely your right.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jan 5, 2019

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.