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Is it possible for polycythemia rubra vera to begin with an anemia?

Is it possible for polycythemia rubra vera to begin with an anemia?

No....yes: Intuitively i would say no...The disease itself is classified by having too many red blood cells. However, i did discover a clinical scenario (http://www.Medscape.Com/viewarticle/410587) where this was thought to be the case. Just as sugars may fluctuate before developing diabetes and the TSH often bounces around before hypothyroidism....Anything is possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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Why the uterine tumor cause polycythemia not anemia?

Why the uterine tumor cause polycythemia not anemia?

Can be: Related to the idea that certain tumors can secrete hormones similar to your own red blood cell stimulating hormone(erythropoietin) that cause your bone marrow to increase red cell production and your overall red blood cell counts. Anemia from cancer is often related to inflammation that stuns the bone marrow or just "replacement" of the bone marrow when the cancer spreads. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between polycythemia & polycythemia rubra vera?

Whats the difference between polycythemia & polycythemia rubra vera?

Elevated RBC: Polycythemia refers to abnormally high of hemoglobin/hematocrit or .Rbc. There are many factors that can explain polycythemia-primary bone marrow problem- i.e. Polycythemia vera (pv) -vs. Other condition such as- problems with lung/sleep apnea that can result in decrease o2 level in the body ( hypoxia), other condition is kidney/liver, familial disorder etc. See and discuss further with your md. ...Read more

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

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

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Should superficial veins be removed if someone with polycythemia rubra vera has superficial clots?

Should superficial veins be removed if someone with polycythemia rubra vera has superficial clots?

No: The only reason for perfroming surgery on superficial veins is for cosmetic reasons. Surgical removal of a clotted vein to remove the clot only leads to more clots. ...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?

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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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