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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Polycythemia Vera

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Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Polycythemia Vera (Definition)

Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red ...Read more


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What treatments exist for polycythemia vera?

What treatments exist for polycythemia vera?

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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I am being tested for polycythemia vera. Doc thinks I have it. If I do have it and since i didn't start treatment yet, can I still get a nose job?

I am being tested for polycythemia vera. Doc thinks I have it. If I do have it and since i didn't start treatment yet, can I still get a nose job?

You should not.: P. Vera can cause abnormal blood clots to form and this can lead to a risk of pulmonary embolism while you are having surgery. You should not proceed with elective cosmetic surgery until the condition has been ruled out. ...Read more

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Can polycythemia vera make u shakey and anxious?

Can polycythemia vera make u shakey and anxious?

In reaction to sxs: There are many possible effects from polycythemia vera. Although being shakey & anxious are not specified - this would be understandable as a reaction to acute symptoms. ...Read more

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I have polycythemia vera. What food should I eat or avoid,?

I have polycythemia vera. What food should I eat or avoid,?

There are those: Who would encourage you to go forth with a strict organic raw food diet, like something along the lines of the Gerson diet(which also includes coffee enemas!) But I don't think there is any strong data to suggests a "curative" diet. But I will help to eat as healthy as you can, it may help limit further stress on your body. ...Read more

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My friend has "polycythemia vera". What medicine treats this?

Depends on cause: The treatment really depends on the underlying cause. Unless that is known I can't help. Medications are available to treat this. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between polycythemia, polycythemia rubra vera and polycythemia vera?

Polycythemia: Polycythemia is a terminology used for a condition where your hemoglobin is elevated above the normal range.It does not tell you what the cause of the condition- which could be caused by a primary bone marrow problem -( which is called polycythemia rubra vera -abbreviated as polycythemia vera) vs some other secondary conditions such as chronic lung problem, sleep apnea, liver mass/renal mass et. ...Read more

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Does polycythemia vera affects married life?

Possible: If you mena intimacy yes. Polycythmia can thicken you blood and this can be a cause of impotance. ...Read more

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Polycythemia vera does it turn into leukemia?

Polycythemia : It can evolve into leukemia chances are 1-2 % per year. Polycythemia vera does it not the other variants of polycythemia called secondary polycythemia. ...Read more

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Could Polycythemia vera transfer to grandchild's from heredity?

Rarely: Most of the time polycythemia Vera is caused by a spontaneous somatic mutation, but in rare cases it is associated with autosomal dominant inheritance. ...Read more

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Primary or secondary thrombocytosis/polycythemia vera, what is this?

Polycythemia: P. vera is a primary proliferation of certain bone marrow cells resulting in elevations of the platelet count in the blood. It is considered a pre-neoplastic disorder and merits watching, a bone marrow biopsy perhaps and possible cytogenetic tests. Secondary thrombocythemia is a "reactive" elevation of the platelet count, such as due to anemia, with no malignant potential. ...Read more

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I have polycythemia vera should any of the meds be detrimental or of concern to my pcv?

Polycythemia vera: Your bone marrow is over-producing red blood cells. Because of that your blood can get very viscous (gooey?) and can clog up in small vessels, say in the brain or lungs and thus cause small infarcts or strokes. So every once in a while you will have to be bled to reduce the number of red blood cells in your blood stream. It is the opposite of anemia(too few RBCs). ...Read more

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Can polycythemia vera cause elevated bilirubin blood levels?

To the extent that: P vera would be associated with increased rbc turnover, a modest increase in bili is possible. However, the disease is one of proliferation more than destruction, so if the bili is quite high we need to evaluate. ...Read more

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Which is the cause of polycythemia vera in infants of diabetic mothers?

Which is the cause of polycythemia vera in infants of diabetic mothers?

Polycythemia: Because blood sugar may be elevated in diabetic mothers, the blood cells become more viscous and can cause polycythemia in the newborn. Also if the cord isn't cut for three minutes, polycythemia may result. ...Read more

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What is polycythemia vera? Can high hemoglobin cause any cancer conditions?

What is polycythemia vera? 
Can high hemoglobin cause any cancer conditions?

PCV: PCV is a chronic neoplastic disorder of the bone marrow in which there is unregulated production of red cells leading to way too many red cells in the blood. A high hemoglobin does not cause cancer. A high hemoglobin may be the result of an underlying neoplasm as in the case of PCV. ...Read more

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What is the difference between polycythemia vera and Essential thrombocythemia?

See below: Polycythemia vera (PV) is characterized by uncontrolled production of red blood cells along with specific JAK2 gene mutation and decreased epo level. Essential thrombocythemia (ET) comes with uncontrolled elevation in platelet count. JAK2 mutation occurs only in 50% of ET. Bone marrow biopsy may be required for the diagnosis of ET. Both are clonal myeloproliferative neoplasms. ...Read more

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Can too much natural testosterone production in a male cause polycythemia vera?

Can too much natural testosterone production in a male cause polycythemia vera?

Terminology: Polycythemia vera is a cancer of red blood cells. What do you mean by natural testosterone? Taking testosterone supplements, not a good idea, may raise RBC count but that does not constitute polycythemia vera. ...Read more