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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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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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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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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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My dad has polycythemia, Can I inherit this?

My dad has polycythemia, Can I inherit this?

No: Common polycythemia Vera tints is sporadic with zero familial tendency. There are a few hereditary polycythemias but this would have declared itself already ...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

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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