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Doctor insights on: I'm A Teen How Will Having Polycythemia Vera Mess Up My Health Later In Life

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I'm a teen. How will having polycythemia vera mess up my health later in life?

I'm a teen. How will having polycythemia vera mess up my health later in life?

No: Generally speaking, pvera dose not imapct a persons long term survival, ie when comparing a group of patients with pv to a group without, survial rates are the same. However, pv and other myeloproliferative disorders are uncommon in your age group and I would be skeptical of the diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Polycythemia Vera (Definition)

Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red ...Read more


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Grandmother with Polycythemia vera could affect grandchild's health? (heredity)

Grandmother with Polycythemia vera could affect grandchild's health? (heredity)

Possibly: Some forms of polycythemia are genetic and tend to run in families. Try to find out the cause of your Grandmother's polycythemia and that would help determine any need for concern. ...Read more

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Does polycythemia vera affects married life?

Does polycythemia vera affects married life?

Possible: If you mena intimacy yes. Polycythmia can thicken you blood and this can be a cause of impotance. ...Read more

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Are there any bad effects of polycythemia vera? I mean is there any harm to life?

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

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What would the life expectancy of a 21 year old diagnosed with polycythemia vera be?

What would the life expectancy of a 21 year old diagnosed with polycythemia vera be?

PV&life expectancy: Life expectancy of patients with polycythemia vera (especially if younger than 50 years) was reduced compared with the general population. It is very important to follow up with your hematologist and keep your hematocrit to less than 45% to reduce risk for thrombosis/clotting. Best of luck. ...Read more

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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?

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 (anagrelide). 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

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Life expectancy in 18 year old male diagnosed with polycythemia vera being tested with phlebotomy?

Life expectancy in 18 year old male diagnosed with polycythemia vera being tested with phlebotomy?

Good: Polycythemia vera patients have an excellent chance of living out a normal life span if properly monitored and treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is polycythemia vera?

What is polycythemia vera?

High red blood cell: This means the red blood cell count is high (seen in blood test) without any cause--not from smoking, dehydration or living in high altitude. ...Read more

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Is polycythemia vera hereditary?

Sometimes.: Most patients with polycythemia vera develop the condition in adulthood, most commonly from an acquired mutation in the jak2 gene, and are not born with it. However, there are families who pass on the tendency to have a high red blood cell count through a variety of genetic mutations. It is usually well known in the family when that is the case. ...Read more

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How's diagnosed polycythemia vera?

Your Doctor is guide: P. Vera is a rare condition. It is not difficult to diagnose provided you have consulted a specialist...A hematologist is the right specialist to help you with this issue. It typically manifests with high hemoglobin (>17 grams) and often has high white blood cell count as well as high platelets associated with high hemoglobin levels. ...Read more

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How can you treat polycythemia vera?

How can you treat polycythemia vera?

Depends: It can be a primary problem treated with removal of blood (thereby reducing iron) or it may be due to extrinsic factors (high altitude, smoking, carbon monoxide poisoning, etc) in which case avoiding the factor may be the treatment. ...Read more

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I've got polycythemia vera. Now what?

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 more

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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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What are the system of polycythemia Vera?

Check out this: Link for more information on polycythemia vera: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/polycythemia-vera/symptoms-causes/dxc-20307465 ...Read more

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What are the tests for polycythemia vera?

What are the tests for polycythemia vera?

Blood, bone marrow: Initial blood tests include cbc, smear review, jak2 testing and other blood tests. Often a bone marrow biopsy may be performed. ...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

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What are the symptoms of polycythemia vera?

P. vera: P. Vera may present with redness of the face, swelling of the face and neck, shortness of breath, fatigue and blood clots. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for polycythemia vera?

What do you recommend for 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 more

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Can polycythemia vera make u shakey and anxious?

Can polycythemia vera make u shakey and anxious?

In reaction to sxs: There are many possible effects from polycythemia vera. Although being shakey & anxious are not specified - this would be understandable as a reaction to acute symptoms. ...Read more

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I have polycythemia vera. What food should I eat or avoid,?

I have polycythemia vera. What food should I eat or avoid,?

There are those: Who would encourage you to go forth with a strict organic raw food diet, like something along the lines of the Gerson diet (which also includes coffee enemas!) But I don't think there is any strong data to suggests a "curative" diet. But I will help to eat as healthy as you can, it may help limit further stress on your body. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: polycythemia vera?

PCRV is a: Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red -- vera -- true. ...Read more

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My friend has "polycythemia vera". What medicine treats this?

Depends on cause: The treatment really depends on the underlying cause. Unless that is known I can't help. Medications are available to treat this. ...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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Are there specific tests to indicate whether you have polycythemia vera?

Absolutely: Simple is first a CBC with a differential. Also ask for a peripheral blood smear. You are looking for excessively high levels of hemoglobin or hematocrit. ...Read more

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Are there certain foods that should be avoided when you have polycythemia vera?

Iron rich: Iron rich foods may help if avoided but if symptomatic treatment is advisable. ...Read more

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Are there any two types of polycythemia vera? Please give me a clear explanation.

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 more

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Tell me differences between polycythemia, polycythemia rubra vera and polycythemia vera?

Polycythemia: Polycythemia rubra vera and polycythemia vera are the same thing - a myeloproliferative disorder which causes production of too many red cells (and usually white cells and platelets also). Polycythemia or erythrocytosis just means someone has too many red cells, whether due to prv, high altitude, sleep apnea, emphysema, certain cancers, or certain congenital abnormalities of red cell production. ...Read more

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What is the difference between polycythemia, polycythemia rubra vera and polycythemia vera?

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