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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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Did something happen during the pregnancy to cause my baby to have polycythemia?

Did something happen during the pregnancy to cause my baby to have polycythemia?

Hard to tell: Certainly polycythemia can be a complication of mom's health such as diabetes, but it can also just happen because a baby gets a little dehydrated, this usually not a serious problem. ...Read more

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Why would big baby born to a gestational diabetic mother have polycythemia?

Why would big baby born to a gestational diabetic mother have polycythemia?

?vitamin deficiency: There are sensors in the brainstem that require vitamin b1 and/or magnesium. If they do not function properly they act as though the person is at high altitude. A signal goes to the kidney initiating secretion of erythropoietin, a hormone that tells the bone marrow to make more red cells and hemoglobin. We know that diabetics excrete a lot of vitamin b1 in the urine and become deficient. ...Read more

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Will any of the ingredients in the male enhancement pill VigRX Plus decrease the effectiveness of baby Aspirin if I have polycythemia vera?

Will any of the ingredients in the male enhancement pill VigRX Plus decrease the effectiveness of baby Aspirin if I have polycythemia vera?

Here are some ...: Ask your Doc for the answer and how to handle polycythemia vera first. For a 27-y man, he should not have the concern of ED unless possibly falling victim to sex overindulgence and obsession. The Internet male sex enhancement pills have made a lot of money for their manipulators to prey on public's ignorance, anxiety, and fear. The product you asked falls to the same category as described. ...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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Polycythemia vera dx 2006. Take daily 81mg aspirin. Gastro believes it caused ulcer and inflammation in ilium. Any substitution for baby aspirin?

Polycythemia vera dx 2006. Take daily 81mg aspirin. Gastro believes it caused ulcer and inflammation in ilium. Any substitution for baby aspirin?

See hematologist: Polycythemia can now be treated with new disease-specific agents. Aspirin may reduce the risk of thrombosis, but does not reduce the red blood cell count. P. vera at age 27 is very rare. Have you been properly diagnosed? If you haven't seen a hematologist recently, you ought to. ...Read more

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Brother has polycythemia vera and on serial baby aspirin. Developed ulcers in small intestine. Can he substitute the baby aspirin with something else?

Brother has polycythemia vera and on serial baby aspirin. Developed ulcers in small intestine. Can he substitute the baby aspirin with something else?

Try flexible dosing: Consider enteric coated baby aspirin and always take with food, never on an empty stomach. You may consider taking the aspirin less frequently ie. every other day or 3 times a week. ...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?

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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Is polycythemia something that will go away on its own eventually?

Is polycythemia something that will go away on its own eventually?

It depends: If polycythemia occurs in a newborn, either as the result of maternal diabetes, placental insufficiency, or maternal-fetal transfusion at delivery (e.g., delayed cord clamping) then the extra red blood cells will slowly be removed naturally by the infant's body. There is no therapy required. Rarely, polycythemia is associated with an underlying hematologic problem, in which case it will persist. ...Read more

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I have polycythemia ruba vera how will it affect my daily life and what should I be looking out for?

I have polycythemia ruba vera how will it affect my daily life and what should I be looking out for?

This is a form: Of hemoconcentration (increased red cells and hb) if it is truly rubra vera, the cause is unknown. However it can occur because oxygen censors in brain are "under the impression" that you are living on a mountain and are causing the bone marrow to compensate. Vitamin b1 + magnesium deficiency in brain can cause that because I have seen it. Their lack causes the brain censors to give a false signal. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get polycythemia vera?

Do a lot of people get polycythemia vera?

Not common: According to one study, about 65,000 people in the US have this condition, or about 22 out of every 100,000 people. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18181200. ...Read more

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Could polycythemia vera go away with time?

Unfortunately, no.: This disease cannot be cured at this time, but must be treated by treating symptoms. Phlebotomy is the major treatment done. ...Read more