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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.

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.