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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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Polycythemia Vera (Definition)

Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red ...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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What is the difference between polycythemia, polycythemia rubra vera and polycythemia vera?

Polycythemia: Polycythemia is a terminology used for a condition where your hemoglobin is elevated above the normal range.It does not tell you what the cause of the condition- which could be caused by a primary bone marrow problem -( which is called polycythemia rubra vera -abbreviated as polycythemia vera) vs some other secondary conditions such as chronic lung problem, sleep apnea, liver mass/renal mass et. ...Read more

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Is it possible for polycythemia rubra vera to begin with an anemia?

Is it possible for polycythemia rubra vera to begin with an anemia?

No....yes: Intuitively i would say no...The disease itself is classified by having too many red blood cells. However, i did discover a clinical scenario (http://www.Medscape.Com/viewarticle/410587) where this was thought to be the case. Just as sugars may fluctuate before developing diabetes and the TSH often bounces around before hypothyroidism....Anything is possible. ...Read more

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Should superficial veins be removed if someone with polycythemia rubra vera has superficial clots?

Should superficial veins be removed if someone with polycythemia rubra vera has superficial clots?

No: The only reason for perfroming surgery on superficial veins is for cosmetic reasons. Surgical removal of a clotted vein to remove the clot only leads to more clots. ...Read more

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How is polycythemia rubra vera differentiated from polycythemia associated with stress? RBC only elevated once in life. HGB/HCT elevated often.

How is polycythemia rubra vera differentiated from polycythemia associated with stress? RBC only elevated once in life. HGB/HCT elevated often.

Stress?: Stress doesn't cause polycythemia. Being dehydrated is a common cause. If your Hgb/Hct is only slightly elevated, stop worrying -- reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside. If it's well above, consider a workup for the causes, including a variant hemoglobin and a subtle right-to-left shunt. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take horny goat weed for joint pain if I have polycythemia rubra vera?

Is it okay to take horny goat weed for joint pain if I have polycythemia rubra vera?

Horny goat weed: This contains icariin which is a compound similar to Viagra, (sildenafil) for sexual potency & erectile dysfunction. I am not aware of it being used for joint pains, or of any interactions with blood disorders. Be careful if liver or kidney issues & talk to your doctor first. ...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

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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?

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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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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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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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