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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low blood count is also known as Anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Yes: PRV is hypercoaguable conditionGet a more detailed answer ›
How is polycythemia rubra vera differentiated from polycythemia associated with stress? RBC only elevated once in life. HGB/HCT elevated often.
Stress?: Stress doesn't cause polycythemia. Being dehydrated is a common cause. If your Hgb/Hct is only slightly elevated, stop worrying -- reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside. If it's well above, consider a workup for the causes, including a variant hemoglobin and a subtle right-to-left shunt. ...Read more
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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