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Is polycythemia contagious?

Is polycythemia contagious?

No: Polycythemia vera (pv) is a disorder of the blood caused by an internal problem, not an infection. Thus, it is not contagious. ...Read more

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Why does polycythemia cause bleeding?

Why does polycythemia cause bleeding?

Abnormal platelets: Individuals with polycythemia (an acquired disorder of the bone marrow that causes an abnormal increase in all three blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets) have an increased tendency to form blood clots that can result in strokes or heart attacks. Some people also have abnormal bleeding because their platelets (responsible for clotting) are abnormal. ...Read more

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Do boys or girls get polycythemia more?

Do boys or girls get polycythemia more?

Boys: Males are slightly more affected than girls, but not by much. Other risk factors include older age, and having a family history of the disease. ...Read more

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How does polycythemia affect your blood?

How does polycythemia affect your blood?

Thicker blood: Thicker blood means slow flow to the organs. True polycythemia may cause headaches. Severe polycythemia can develop blood clots. ...Read more

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How concerning is secondary polycythemia?

How concerning is secondary polycythemia?

Underlying cause: It all depends on the underlying cause of your Secondary polycythemia. The most common cause of polycythemia is low oxygen (hypoxia) secondary to lung (pulmonary) disease like emphysema, R to L shunts in heart or some arterio venous malformation in your lung is resent. All these can cause low blood Oxygen level and thus your kidney responds by increasing Erythropoietin which stimulates your bone ...Read more

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Pls what's the correlation btwn polycythemia vs. Pancreas? ?

Pls what's the correlation btwn polycythemia vs. Pancreas? ?

Having trouble : Sorting the question out. Polycythemia is a high red boos cell count. The pancreas is a gland that makes insulin. ...Read more

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Is there a good diet I can give my 6yo if he has polycythemia?

Is there a good diet I can give my 6yo if he has polycythemia?

Yes: It depends on the underlyihng cause of the polycythemia. E.G. Living at a high altitude. I have seen it as a result of thiamine (vitamin b1) deficiency affecting oxygen censors in the brain. Everyone requires "god made" food, irrespective of any disease entity. Don't just "except" the diaghnosis blindly. ...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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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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Please give me an explanation about primary and secondary polycythemia. ?

Please give me an explanation about primary and secondary polycythemia. 
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See below: Primary polycythemia, Polycythemia vera is a form of blood cancer. There are multiple causes of secondary polycythemia, including smoking lung disease, cyanotic heart disease etc. See this site for more info. http://www.medicinenet.com/polycythemia_high_red_blood_cell_count/article.htm ...Read more