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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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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth. Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...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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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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What is polycythemia vera?

What is polycythemia vera?

High red blood cell: This means the red blood cell count is high (seen in blood test) without any cause--not from smoking, dehydration or living in high altitude. ...Read more

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Is polycythemia vera hereditary?

Is polycythemia vera hereditary?

Sometimes.: Most patients with polycythemia vera develop the condition in adulthood, most commonly from an acquired mutation in the jak2 gene, and are not born with it. However, there are families who pass on the tendency to have a high red blood cell count through a variety of genetic mutations. It is usually well known in the family when that is the case. ...Read more

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How's diagnosed polycythemia vera?

Your Doctor is guide: P. Vera is a rare condition. It is not difficult to diagnose provided you have consulted a specialist...A hematologist is the right specialist to help you with this issue. It typically manifests with high hemoglobin (>17 grams) and often has high white blood cell count as well as high platelets associated with high hemoglobin levels. ...Read more

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What is treatment for polycythemia?

What is treatment for polycythemia?

Blood letting.: There are different types of polycythemia. What they have in common is an elevated number of red blood cells. If too many, this can cause serious complication and is managed by taking blood out (phlebotomy). There are other medications that might be recommended depending on the type of polycythemia, the other blood counts and the patient's age & general health. ...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?

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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My mom has polycythemia. What to expect?

My mom has polycythemia. What to expect?

Polycythemia vera: Polycythemia vera is usually treated with phlebotomies to keep the hematocrit < 42% in women, with Hydroxyurea to keep the platelets < 400, 000, and with Aspirin to prevent blood clots. Barring complications, patients with polycythemia vera can live for many years. Good information can be obtained on the websites www. Mpdsupport. Org and www. Mpnresearchfoundation. Org. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get polycythemia vera?

Do a lot of people get polycythemia vera?

Not common: According to one study, about 65, 000 people in the US have this condition, or about 22 out of every 100, 000 people. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/18181200. ...Read more

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What are the tests for polycythemia vera?

What are the tests for polycythemia vera?

Blood, bone marrow: Initial blood tests include cbc, smear review, jak2 testing and other blood tests. Often a bone marrow biopsy may be performed. ...Read more

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What are the system of polycythemia Vera?

Check out this: Link for more information on polycythemia vera: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/polycythemia-vera/symptoms-causes/dxc-20307465 ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of polycythemia vera?

P. vera: P. Vera may present with redness of the face, swelling of the face and neck, shortness of breath, fatigue and blood clots. ...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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Can polycythemia vera make u shakey and anxious?

Can polycythemia vera make u shakey and anxious?

In reaction to sxs: There are many possible effects from polycythemia vera. Although being shakey & anxious are not specified - this would be understandable as a reaction to acute symptoms. ...Read more

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Does having polycythemia mean that my kid has cancer?

Does having polycythemia mean that my kid has cancer?

No: In general, childhood cancers are often associated with anemia, which is a low red blood cell count. Polycythemia is the opposite, or a high red blood cell count. Polycythemia is common in newborn infants, and usually goes away on its own. If it persists or is found beyond the newborn period it should be evaluated by a pediatric hematologist, although generally for conditions other than cancer. ...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