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do a lot of people get polycythemia vera?

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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Not common: According to one study, about 65,000 people in the US have this condition, or about 22 out of every 100,000 people. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18181200.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there certain foods that should be avoided when you have polycythemia vera?

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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Iron rich: Iron rich foods may help if avoided but if symptomatic treatment is advisable.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Are there specific tests to indicate whether you have polycythemia vera?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Absolutely: Simple is first a CBC with a differential. Also ask for a peripheral blood smear. You are looking for excessively high levels of hemoglobin or hematocrit.
A 26-year-old member asked:

When would a doctor suggest myelosuppressive therapy as a treatment for polycythemia vera?

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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Not often: Polycythemia vera is caussed by multiple factors. Typicall the treatment is theraputic phlebotomy but if you had any condition that would be negatively affected by the plebotomy or physician preference you might have this done. Consider the cuase of the condition also would affect the treatment.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is polycythemia vera?

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Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
High red blood cell : This means the red blood cell count is high (seen in blood test) without any cause--not from smoking, dehydration or living in high altitude.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What treatments exist for polycythemia vera?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
A Few: Polycythemia vera is the overproduction of red blood cells by the bone marrow. Complications result from formation of blood clots due to the increased thickness of the blood. Therefore this is where treatment of the disorder is aimed. Blood can be drawn at intervals (phlebotomy) to decrease its thickness, and some patients are given Aspirin to reduce the risk of blood clots.

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