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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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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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If my son has polycythemia vera, what foods should be avoided?

If my son has polycythemia vera, what foods should be avoided?

Same as in Gout: About 10-15% of polycythemia vera patients develop gout, a painful inflammation of certain joints (esp. The big toe) caused by precipitation of high uric acid content in the blood. Polycythemics already have a higher level of uric acid (about 50% have hyperuricemia) in their blood due to rapid turnover of red cells. It would be prudent to avoid foods that could precipitate a gouty attack. ...Read more

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Being tested for polycythemia vera. Should i stay away from foods rich in vitamin K i?

Eat anything: Eating foods rich in vitamin k should not affect the production of red cells seen polycytemia vera. Vitamin k has more to do the coagulation process. ...Read more

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

Partially: Pv is a clinical diagnosis that is somewhat complex. A large proportion of pv patients (but not all) have a positive jak-2 gene rearrangement test. There are other causes of polycythemia that need to be considered as well- treatment of pv is important, so you should see a hematologist to make the diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What is polycythemia vera?

What is polycythemia vera?

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. ...Read more

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Is polycythemia vera hereditary?

Sometimes.: Most patients with polycythemia vera develop the condition in adulthood, most commonly from an acquired mutation in the jak2 gene, and are not born with it. However, there are families who pass on the tendency to have a high red blood cell count through a variety of genetic mutations. It is usually well known in the family when that is the case. ...Read more

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How's diagnosed polycythemia vera?

Your Doctor is guide: P. Vera is a rare condition. It is not difficult to diagnose provided you have consulted a specialist...A hematologist is the right specialist to help you with this issue. It typically manifests with high hemoglobin( >17 grams) and often has high white blood cell count as well as high platelets associated with high hemoglobin levels. ...Read more

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How can you treat polycythemia vera?

How can you treat polycythemia vera?

Depends: It can be a primary problem treated with removal of blood (thereby reducing iron) or it may be due to extrinsic factors (high altitude, smoking, carbon monoxide poisoning, etc) in which case avoiding the factor may be the treatment. ...Read more

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I've got polycythemia vera. Now what?

Polycythemia vera: Phlebotomy ( blood removal) will be needed to maintain your blood at certain level to prevent stroke or blood clot. In addition, Aspirin is recommended if there is no risk of bleeding or other contraindication. For patients with high risk to develop stroke/clot (age>60 or prior history of clot)- medication called-hydroxy-urea- is also recommended. Discuss with your hematologist. ...Read more

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