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Is polycythemia something that will go away on its own eventually?

Is polycythemia something that will go away on its own eventually?

It depends: If polycythemia occurs in a newborn, either as the result of maternal diabetes, placental insufficiency, or maternal-fetal transfusion at delivery (e.g., delayed cord clamping) then the extra red blood cells will slowly be removed naturally by the infant's body. There is no therapy required. Rarely, polycythemia is associated with an underlying hematologic problem, in which case it will persist. ...Read more

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Could polycythemia vera go away with time?

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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Did something happen during the pregnancy to cause my baby to have polycythemia?

Did something happen during the pregnancy to cause my baby to have polycythemia?

Hard to tell: Certainly polycythemia can be a complication of mom's health such as diabetes, but it can also just happen because a baby gets a little dehydrated, this usually not a serious problem. ...Read more

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What to do about polycythemia?

What to do about polycythemia?

Find cause: Polycythemia refers to having too many red blood cells. This can be caused by conditions that decrease the oxygen in the blood (like smoking), congenital heart defects, etc. Sometimes it can be a disorder of red blood cell production. Treatment includes correcting the cause and/or removing excess blood (phlebotomy) and medication like hydroxyurea. ...Read more

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How often do young children get polycythemia?

How often do young children get polycythemia?

Rarely: Primary polycythemias, including congenital polycythemia and polycythemia vera, are rare genetic disorders where one makes too many red blood cells. Its incidence varies from 3-30:100, 000. Secondary polycythemia is a response to hypoxia, transfusion, or injection of erythropoietin. Its incidence is hard to determine, since it is often a benign, self-limited condition, especially in young children. ...Read more

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Is being premature and having polycythemia related?

Is being premature and having polycythemia related?

Often yes: Premies can become polycythemia for many reasons, often polycythemia is a babies reaction to having poor blood flow or due to maternal diabetes. These conditions can also lead to prematurity. Infants can also become relatively polycythemia from dehydration as this results in a low ratio of fluid to red blood cells. ...Read more

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Will having polycythemia make my son a better athlete?

Will having polycythemia make my son a better athlete?

Not sure: It increase the risks of complications though, such as blood clots, stroke, headaches, spleen enlargement, sensitive itchy skin, stomach ulcers, joint inflammation, etc. ...Read more

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If I had polycythemia as a child is it likely that my son will also have it?

If I had polycythemia as a child is it likely that my son will also have it?

Polycythemia: Some types of polycythemia are inherited. However, if you developed polycythemia soon after birth and then it resolved, then it is less likely to be something that is inherited. Polycythemia vera is associated with certain gene defects. Mutations in the jak2 and tet2 genes are associated with polycythemia vera. ...Read more

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I have polycythemia ruba vera how will it affect my daily life and what should I be looking out for?

I have polycythemia ruba vera how will it affect my daily life and what should I be looking out for?

This is a form: Of hemoconcentration (increased red cells and hb) if it is truly rubra vera, the cause is unknown. However it can occur because oxygen censors in brain are "under the impression" that you are living on a mountain and are causing the bone marrow to compensate. Vitamin b1 + magnesium deficiency in brain can cause that because I have seen it. Their lack causes the brain censors to give a false signal. ...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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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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If you have polycythemia how can it effect you if you have to have surgery?

If you have polycythemia how can it effect you if you have to have surgery?

Blood clotting: You should check your levels prior to surgery. The primary concern it that thick blood and inactivity during and after surgery increase your risk foe blood 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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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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Could a person have secondary polycythemia at age 21?

Could a person have secondary polycythemia at age 21?

Yes.: Polycythemia vera, a primary disorder of blood would be very rare at age 21, but not impossible. As for sercondary causes, inherited causes of high red blood cells, smoking, lung disease, congenital heart disease, and high altitute living could easily be found at age 21. "blood doping" (using a drug to increase blood count) will cause polycythemia. ...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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is it possible to have sll or cll as well as relative polycythemia?

is it possible to have sll or cll as well as relative polycythemia?

Send us details: It is not a good idea to use abbreviations(?CLL? SLL? I have no idea what you mean from these terms! Send us the results of your blood counts(CBC). Then we can guide you further. ...Read more

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Can I donate blood if I have polycythemia or is it considered "tainted"?

Can I donate blood if I have polycythemia or is it considered "tainted"?

Not qualified: Most of the time persons with blood disorders such as polycythemia or hemochromatosis are disqualified as blood donors. Sorry. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...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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How do you prevent polycythemia vera?

How do you prevent polycythemia vera?

No prevention: True polycythemia vera cannot be prevented. The bone marrow decides to produce more red blood cells. This is not affected by diet or lifestyle. Secondary polycythemia is caused by smoking, dehydration or high altitude. ...Read more