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If I had polycythemia as a child is it likely that my son will also have it?

If I had polycythemia as a child is it likely that my son will also have it?

Polycythemia: Some types of polycythemia are inherited. However, if you developed polycythemia soon after birth and then it resolved, then it is less likely to be something that is inherited. Polycythemia vera is associated with certain gene defects. Mutations in the jak2 and tet2 genes are associated with polycythemia vera. ...Read more

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Will having polycythemia make my son a better athlete?

Will having polycythemia make my son a better athlete?

Not sure: It increase the risks of complications though, such as blood clots, stroke, headaches, spleen enlargement, sensitive itchy skin, stomach ulcers, joint inflammation, etc. ...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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What symptoms,do I have to look for in case of polycythemia?My son,17,has 18,3 hemoglobine value and 54,3 hematocrit but platelets are normal,156k.

What  symptoms,do I have to look for in case of  polycythemia?My son,17,has 18,3 hemoglobine value and 54,3 hematocrit but platelets are normal,156k.

Probably okay: Junior may have been a bit dehydrated and in any case reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks are out of range on either side. If this is his usual, he may have a high-affinity hemoglobin; I trust there's no right-to-left cardiac shunt and you're not mountain-dwellers, etc. Polycythemia vera doesn't affect teens. Don't ask about steroids, Dr. already did. ...Read more

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Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

Can polycythemia in a child cause mental illness in the future?

Possible but rare: Polycythemia, which mostly is an increase in red blood cells but can affect other blood cell lines as well, has multiple complications, mostly physical. There are rare reports almost always in adults of acute onset of psychiatric disorders such as psychosis or depression. This could be secondary to strokes, which can occur because the blood is "too thick.". ...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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I have polycythemia vera. Is it ok for me to wear extremely tight jeans or am i more likely going to get DVT or blood clots?

I have polycythemia vera. Is it ok for me to wear extremely tight jeans or am i more likely going to get DVT or blood clots?

Probably OK: It is unlikely that jeans can ever create the degree of compression needed to affect circulation, and we in fact use compression to help treat patients with dvt. ...Read more

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What to do about polycythemia?

What to do about polycythemia?

Find cause: Polycythemia refers to having too many red blood cells. This can be caused by conditions that decrease the oxygen in the blood (like smoking), congenital heart defects, etc. Sometimes it can be a disorder of red blood cell production. Treatment includes correcting the cause and/or removing excess blood (phlebotomy) and medication like hydroxyurea. ...Read more

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How often do young children get polycythemia?

Rarely: Primary polycythemias, including congenital polycythemia and polycythemia vera, are rare genetic disorders where one makes too many red blood cells. Its incidence varies from 3-30:100, 000. Secondary polycythemia is a response to hypoxia, transfusion, or injection of erythropoietin. Its incidence is hard to determine, since it is often a benign, self-limited condition, especially in young children. ...Read more

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Is being premature and having polycythemia related?

Is being premature and having polycythemia related?

Often yes: Premies can become polycythemia for many reasons, often polycythemia is a babies reaction to having poor blood flow or due to maternal diabetes. These conditions can also lead to prematurity. Infants can also become relatively polycythemia from dehydration as this results in a low ratio of fluid to red blood cells. ...Read more

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