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How Do You Prevent Polycythemia Vera
Maybe blood draw: Depends on how high the blood count and whether or not symptoms are present. Also, if pcv is caused by something (secondary polycythemia), that cause needs to be addressed. Smoking, sleep apnea, hemochromatosis are common causes of secondary pcv. If primary and symptoms exist the main treatment is phlebotomy - drawing blood off regularly to decrease the hemoglobin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes there are!: I am sure your doctor will tell you more about it., is you ask this question to him/her. It is a condition which can lead to many complications, so you need to be monitored and probably receive preventive treatments to prevent complications such as Blood clots(Thrombosis) and also keep your hemoglobin under 15grams, which often requires use of medication and phlebotomy (blood drawn, periodically ...Read more
I herd that polycythemia vera is just a type of blood and when excess blood is removed and life can be saved. Is it true?
Polycythemia vera(PV: PV is an overproduction of red blood cells by the body. White cells and platelets may be elevated as well. The treatment is to try to suppress the production of the cell line with hydroxylurea or agrylin. The goal is to prevent blood clots due to the thickness of blood due to the increase volume. Periodic phlebotomies to keep the hematocrit below 45. At least 10-20 year survival with treatment. ...Read more
No: There are two types of polycythemia. Primary Polycythemia (Polycythemia Vera) is an abnormal proliferation of blood cells, leading to too many red blood cells. It is not caused by any other factor. Secondary Polycythemia is a high red cell count caused by another factor, such as being at altitude, sleep apnea, administration of erythropoietin, or several others. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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