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

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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Is polycythemia a consequence of chemo treatment for hodgkins lymphoma?

Is polycythemia a consequence of chemo treatment for hodgkins lymphoma?

Polycythemia: No. See your oncologist or hematologist to discuss various causes and appropriate workup and if needed, therapeutic phlebotomy as a treatment. ...Read more

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I had my first phlebotomy treatment for polycythemia two days ago. I have had a bad headache each morning since. Is this normal or probably unrelated?

I had my first phlebotomy treatment for polycythemia two days ago. I have had a bad headache each morning since. Is this normal or probably unrelated?

Polycythemia Rx: You need to know what is the cause of polycythemia if it is primary problem in the bone marrow or secondary to other causes in the body. If your doctor did not find any source for the increase in your blood count and you are symptomatic i personally hate phlebotomy since you lose iron from the first blood draw and you start suffering from iron deficiency symptoms. Take Hydroxyurea pills ask Dr. ...Read more

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How long can you wait for treatment if your son has polycythemia?

How long can you wait for treatment if your son has polycythemia?

Forever no symptoms: Polycythemia, a high number of red blood cells, can be treated by giving fluids or by taking out blood and replacing it with donor blood (exchange transfusion) however when to treat is controversial, and depends on the degree (how high), symptoms, and the treating doctors treatment practice. ...Read more

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My mom can no longer blood let for treatment. She's almost 80 and has had polycythemia for almost 40 years.It takes her out for almost2wks.Had 2 tia's?

My mom can no longer blood let for treatment. She's almost 80 and has had polycythemia for almost 40 years.It takes her out for almost2wks.Had 2 tia's?

What is question: Not sure what your question is? Tias are brief episodes of lack of proper blood flow to an area of the brain (which would cause an ischemic stroke - death of brain cells - if it persists long enough. Having a very high level of red blood cells can lead to sludging of the blood flow in small arterioles of the brain, but overagressive blood letting could also contribute to a tia. ...Read more

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What is treatment for polycythemia?

What is treatment for polycythemia?

Blood letting.: There are different types of polycythemia. What they have in common is an elevated number of red blood cells. If too many, this can cause serious complication and is managed by taking blood out (phlebotomy). There are other medications that might be recommended depending on the type of polycythemia, the other blood counts and the patient's age & general health. ...Read more