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Doctor insights on: Can Polycythemia Be Hereditary What Is The Gene For Too Many Red Blood Cells

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Can polycythemia be hereditary? What is the gene for too many red blood cells?

Can polycythemia be hereditary?  What is the gene for too many red blood cells?

Maybe "genetic risk: Polycythemia can be acquired. It is a natural respohse to living on a high mountain. There are oxygen censors in the brainstem and if oxidation is compromised a signal goes to the kidney to produce erythropoietin. This then signals the bone marrow to produce more red cells to compensate for the rarefied air. Exactly the same thing can happen with vitamin b1 deficiency induced by excess of sugar. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Do people with polycythemia have much hemoglobin in their red blood cells?

Do people with polycythemia have much hemoglobin in their red blood cells?

No more than usual: The problem is the number of red blood cells (there are too many), not the amount of hemoglobin in each cell. ...Read more

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Can polycythemia vera cause only high red blood cells, hematocrit, and hemoglobin?

Can polycythemia vera cause only high red blood cells, hematocrit, and hemoglobin?

Yes, at least : Initially. P vera may have only increased red cell mass initially but many patients develop additional issues related to bone marrow disorders. ...Read more

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Last blood test:high red blood cells( 5.8) high hemoglobin (17.3) high hematocrit 52% and high bilirubin 2.1. What's wrong with me? Polycythemia vera?

Last blood test:high red blood cells( 5.8) high hemoglobin (17.3) high hematocrit 52% and high bilirubin 2.1. What's wrong with me? Polycythemia vera?

Hey buddy!: You've asked this question repeatedly. Being a smart teen with an interest in science, you're understandably concerned. At your age, and with normal cbc's as a kid (were they normal?) i'd be more concerned about sleep apnea -- that will ruin your life -- or that someone is giving you Anabolic steroids without your knowing it, or an erythropoietin-producing tumor somewhere. ...Read more

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Red blood cells-5.9, hematocrit- 55%, hemaglobin-18.0, esr-2, ldh-199, white blood cells- 9.0 (high neutrophils) & platlets-285, 000 polycythemia vera?

Can't tell. need w/u: Normal range will vary -depending on the range used on each lab. On my lab, hb of 18 is still normal for male. Your white blood cell and platelet are also within normal range. I don't see any problem there-except you said you have high neutrophils- which can be caused by many things. However, if you are worried about p.Vera- go to see a hematologist and she/he will be able to help you. ...Read more

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What part(s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

What part(s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

CNs and GI systems: Excessive red cells in newborns can cause increase chance for sluggish circulation, blood clots in internal organs including brain intestines etc. Usually it is because of increased thickness of blood (viscosity). ...Read more

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What is the blood disorder where your body produces too many red blood cells?

What is the blood disorder where your body produces too many red blood cells?

Polycythemia vera(P.: P. Vera is a condition where the bone marrow makes too many red cells and the hemoglobin gets above 18-20 Gms (normal up to 16 grams). it is considered a Myeloproliferative disorder which is a type of low grade cancer although most people live for 10-20 years and some new treatments have recently become available. ...Read more

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What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

Quite a few things: Infection, myeloproliferative disease, chronic leukemias, physiologic stress, medications and heavy smoking to name a few. ...Read more

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Hello! I've recently had a blood test done and got told while I'm not anemic I have too many red blood cells and their small. What does this mean?

Hello! I've recently had a blood test done and got told while I'm not anemic I have too many red blood cells and their small. What does this mean?

Thal minor, I bet: This is quite common and is usually caused by beta-thalassemia minor. Any competent general physician can do the workup to confirm it. If you do have thal minor, and you marry someone else who has it, the double-dose can cause you to have a child with thal major, which is horrible. Otherwise, it's a total non-problem. Best wshes. ...Read more

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Could having too many red blood cells for a 5yo be a good thing?

Could having too many red blood cells for a 5yo be a good thing?

Doubt it: A healthy blood cell count implys that it is in high enough in quantity to do the work but not so high that it plugs up the system. Blood is a complex blend of cells & liquids that must flow thru our "plumbing". Too many red cels will lead to blockage, like your toilet backing up, and clogs will mean no nutrients get thru. ...Read more

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What can I do to buld up my iron levels as my heart valve is chewing up to many red blood cells?

What can I do to buld up my iron levels as my heart valve is chewing up to many red blood cells?

Iron rich foods: You can take iron tablets, which are available otc, and that will help to some degree. Foods rich in the most readily usable form come from animals that also produce hemoglobin. So meats like beef, liver, chicken and fish are rich in iron. The most iron rich vegetable is spinach. ...Read more

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My iron serum (sideremia) it s lower than normal (39 to 50/170 ug/dl) . I have to worrying? Hemoglobin and red blood cells are ok. Thank you. Kr

My iron serum (sideremia) it s lower than normal (39 to 50/170 ug/dl) . I have to worrying? Hemoglobin and red blood cells are ok. Thank you. Kr

If the Hemoglobin is: Normal hemoglobin, then there is nothing to worry about. Serum iron value is only meaningful if thee is presence of anemia(low hemoglobin). Otherwise there is no reason to check serum iron level.. ...Read more

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Do red blood cells give human blood its red color?

Do red blood cells give human blood its red color?

Yes: Once the rbc's are removed, the remainder is serum- an amber colored liquid. ...Read more

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Would human blood remain the color red if all of the red blood cells were removed?

Would human blood remain the color red if all of the red blood cells were removed?

No: Hemoglobin gives blood its red color. Once you spin off the red blood cells, what is left is serum and other cellswhich have no hemoglobin. ...Read more

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From where do red blood cells get energy?

Goody, See Rbclab.co: Glucose, a form of sugar in blood, fuels red cells to keep it flexible, to maintain oxygen CO2 reactivity via hemoglobin, and keeps its electrolyte, metabolic pumps humming. The red color is from hemoglobin and from lack of nucleus in the mature form. Since there is no mitochondria, glucose is converted to energy packets mostly via unusual ways, to generate high energy bars called ATP.Good luck. ...Read more

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How does Folacin help to produce red blood cells?

How does Folacin help to produce red blood cells?

Nucleic acid: synthesis. Folic acid and vitamin B12 are needed for nucleic acid synthesis, and that is essential for making red cells. You may consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www.webmd.com/diet/supplement-guide-folic-acid#1 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there are red blood cells in your urine?

What does it mean when there are red blood cells in your urine?

Hematuria: Red blood cells in the urine can indicate many different conditions from a kidney, ureteral or bladder stone to infection to a tumor of the bladder or kidney. Hematuria should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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All my red blood cells have a biconcave shape..What does this mean?

All my red blood cells have a biconcave shape..What does this mean?

They are normal: Red blood cells are bi-concave disks. What you describe is their normal shape. The perfect shape for oxygen diffusion. ...Read more

Gene (Definition)

A hereditary unit consisting of a sequence of dna that occupies a specific location on a chromosome and determines a particular characteristic in an organism. Genes undergo mutation when their ...Read more


Dna (Definition)

Dna are the coding molecules found in all living things on earth which contain the instructions on how to build living things. Its is comprised the nucleotide molecules which are ...Read more