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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

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Polycythemia, appears factitious, no secondary association, draw thrice 1unit blood in 1yr, s.Ferritin 5, weakness, no iron diet, hb.17.8.Help me. ?

Polycythemia, appears factitious, no secondary association, draw thrice 1unit blood in 1yr, s.Ferritin 5, weakness, no iron diet, hb.17.8.Help me. ?

Need another doctor?: This just isn't adding up. Forgive me. A teen being treated by phlebotomy for presumptive polycythemia vera rubra without having a serum erythropoietin assay or a jak2 assay, cell culture? A check for kidney tumor / hemangioblastoma? You may have a mutant erythropoietin receptor, a high-affinity hemoglobin (my guess); 17.9 is way below the who criteria. Something is wrong; get a 2nd opinion. ...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

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Are there any two types of polycythemia vera? Please give me a clear explanation.

Are there any two types of polycythemia vera?
Please give me a clear explanation.

No: There are two types of polycythemia. Primary Polycythemia (Polycythemia Vera) is an abnormal proliferation of blood cells, leading to too many red blood cells. It is not caused by any other factor. Secondary Polycythemia is a high red cell count caused by another factor, such as being at altitude, sleep apnea, administration of erythropoietin, or several others. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is xarelto a good drg for polycythemia vera along with phlebotomy?

Is xarelto a good drg for polycythemia vera along with phlebotomy?

Depends.: Prv patients are advised to take Aspirin for clot prevention. Anticoagulants like warfarin or xarelto have specific indications such as treatment for a blood clot or stroke prophylaxis in heart disease. I would not use it outside those indications because of greater bleeding risk vs aspirin. No published data on xarelto in prv but should be ok for proper indications. ...Read more

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I have polycythemia vera and I drink three peanut butter and banana every day. Is tha good or bad?

I have polycythemia vera and I drink three peanut butter and banana every day. Is tha good or bad?

No effect on P. vera: This is a high energy mix. So it will likely increase your weight and could make you obese, which is harmful. Polycythemia will not affected by this type of diet. I would advise you to eat a healthy and well ballnced diet without excess of fat(Like peanut butter) ...Read more

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I have Polycythemia Vera. Very heavy menses today. Are Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc supps good to help body with this problem? See CPA on 10th.

I have Polycythemia Vera. Very heavy menses today. Are Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc supps good to help body with this problem? See CPA on 10th.

Is that so?: At 30 years old, you're very young to have P-Vera. Has it been confirmed with appropriate genetic studies? I wouldn't advise any these supplements unless you know what you're doing; zinc in particular will upset your gut and perhaps render you copper deficient. ...Read more

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If I have Crohn's disease and polycythemia rubra vera is a negative venous us and d dimer good enough to rule out a clot? Have leg swelling lower leg

If I have Crohn's disease and polycythemia rubra vera is a negative venous us and d dimer good enough to rule out a clot? Have leg swelling lower leg

Nearly: The gold standard to definitively rule out an deep vein clot is venography. However, this is rarely if ever necessary given that compression ultrasonography has a sensitivity and specificity each of around 95% compared to venography. I would recommend further evaluation if you have had an injury in that leg or a previous DVT. Otherwise it is unlikely that you have a thrombus with a negative US. ...Read more