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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Essential Thrombocythemia

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I have essential thrombocythemia. Is this a life long disease?

Yes : Treatment of essential thrombocythemia depends on your risk of blood-clotting or bleeding episodes. If you're younger than 60, have had no signs or symptoms, and have no other risk factors for developing blood clots, such as smoking, you may simply need periodic medical checkups. ...Read more

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What is the essential thrombocythemia?

What is the essential thrombocythemia?

ET: It is a condition under myeloproliferative neoplasme umbrella where- for unclear reason- bone marrow produce too much platelet that can go beyond a million. They are sticky and abnormal platelets that can cause blood clots or bleeding. Myeloproliferative neoplasm can transform into acute leukemia. The risk of et to develop acute leukemia is about 5%. Discuss further with your hematologist. ...Read more

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What exactly is essential thrombocythemia?

What exactly is essential thrombocythemia?

ET: Et is one of the myeloproliferative neoplasms. It causes overproduction of platelets and a susceptibility to clotting and, occasionally, bleeding problems. Whether one needs treatment depends on the patient's age, previous disease-related complications, and underlying cardiovascular status. Several good support groups can be found on the internet. ...Read more

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How many people have essential thrombocythemia (ET)?

Quite common: For the whole population, maybe 1 person in 2000. It's more common in older folks, less so in youngsters. ...Read more

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Is there a connection betwen essential thrombocythemia and leukemia?

Is there a connection betwen essential thrombocythemia and leukemia?

Yes-5% risk: Essential thrombocythemia is part of myeloprolifeartive neoplasm umbrealla where in et the bone marrow for some uknown reason-proliferate too much platelet- that can go up above a million. They are abnormal and sticky platelet. Due to the abnormal level and function of platelet, there would be risk for blood clots as well as bleeding. The risk of et to develop into acute leukemia is about 5 %. ...Read more

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I have essential thrombocythemia and I am taking anagralide. Is this right?

I have essential thrombocythemia and I am taking anagralide. Is this right?

Drugs: Yes, Hydroxyurea and Anagrelide are widely used to treat essential thrombocythemia. There are pros and cons with those two medications. Follow up and discuss in detail with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is essential thrombocythemia a form of cancer?

Is essential thrombocythemia a form of cancer?

Neoplasm: Essential thrombocythemia (et) is part of group of myeloproliferative neoplasm (mpn) - is a clonal disorder. Mpns are predisposed to clonal evolution and disease transformation to myelodysplasia and/or acute leukemia. The propensity to transform into acute myeloid leukemia differs among the subgroups- being the highest for cml- greater than 90% if left untreated and et being the least - about 5%. ...Read more

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What are the treatment for essential thrombocythemia?

What are the  treatment for essential thrombocythemia?

ET treatment: A drug called hydroxy-urea will be the treatment to reduce platelet levels. Then on the high risk group, Aspirin will be needed too. Discuss in detail with your hematologist. ...Read more

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Is there any alternate treatment for essential thrombocythemia?

Is there any alternate treatment for essential thrombocythemia?

ET: Hydroxyurea, anagrelide, and alpha-interferon are conventional therapies for essential thrombocythemia. Pipobroman is widely used in europe, but not available in the United States. Low-dose Aspirin is possibly effective in preventing thrombosis (clot formation) in et. Low-dose asa is especially effective in managing the vasomotor symptoms of et. ...Read more