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Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Polycythemia Vera (Overview)

Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red -- vera -- true.


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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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Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Polycythemia Vera (Overview)

Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red -- vera -- true.


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What are the symptoms of polycythemia vera?

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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Please explain what does severe crythroid hyperplasia consistent with hematological diagnosis of polycythemia vera mean?

Erythroid: You've got a lot of young red cells in your marrow, and you're going to get some more labs to see whether you have polycythemia vera, a sort-of-serious illness related to some of the leukemias but easier to manage. Best wishes. ...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 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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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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Being treated for polycythemia vera with phlebotomies. How does taking blood approximately every six weeks treat this condition? I don't understand.

Being treated for polycythemia vera with phlebotomies. How does taking blood approximately every six weeks treat this condition? I don't understand.

Decr risk clotting: Keeping the hematocrit in a normal range (hct <45% in men & 42% in women) can decrease the risk of thrombosis (blood clots) in polycythemia vera (pv). Phlebotomies can reduce the hct. For patients at high risk for thrombosis (age >60 or hisotry of thrombosis) phlebotomy can be combined with Hydroxyurea to lower hct. Keeping WBC in the normal range may also be important. ...Read more

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What treatments exist for polycythemia vera?

What treatments exist for polycythemia vera?

A Few: Polycythemia vera is the overproduction of red blood cells by the bone marrow. Complications result from formation of blood clots due to the increased thickness of the blood. Therefore this is where treatment of the disorder is aimed. Blood can be drawn at intervals (phlebotomy) to decrease its thickness, and some patients are given Aspirin to reduce the risk of blood clots. ...Read more

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My mom got a blood disease called polycythemia vera. May i know the price for interferon-alpha which can be used to cure this disease. Also could you recommend me some brand of this medicine?

My mom got a blood disease called polycythemia vera. May i know the price for interferon-alpha which can be used to cure this disease. Also could you recommend me some brand of this medicine?

She needs a speciali: A good specialist is what she needs first. You should seek the advice of a hematologist who works in a major cancer center. P. Vera has some new treatments(jak2 inhibitors) which are in clinical trials. Interferon( has some activity and can be beneficial but it is an older treatment which has many serious side effects and it is very expensive .Too alpha-2b) also called introna) ask for this bran. ...Read more

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I am being tested for polycythemia vera. Doc thinks I have it. If I do have it and since i didn't start treatment yet, can I still get a nose job?

You should not.: P. Vera can cause abnormal blood clots to form and this can lead to a risk of pulmonary embolism while you are having surgery. You should not proceed with elective cosmetic surgery until the condition has been ruled out. ...Read more

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Father diagnosed with essential thrombocytosis. Doc thinks i may have polycythemia vera. Are these genetic since both are myloprolofitive disorders?

Both are : Myelproliferative disorders so you would label it one or the other. Pcrv can have a high platelet count. You would say et if it seems to be a platelet only phenomenon. Disorders are related and acquired, rather than genetic in the inherited sense. ...Read more

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What is the range rbc, hgb, and hct have to be to be diagnosed with polycythemia vera and to increase risk of dvt?

What is the range rbc, hgb, and hct have to be to be diagnosed with polycythemia vera and to increase risk of dvt?

Polycythemia: Polycythemia is condition where your hemoglobin is elevated above the normal range. The normal range will depend on the values used by your lab. Many factors can cause polycythemia- things like sleep apnea, lung disease, liver/kidney disease etc vs primary bone marrow problem- called p. Vera. So just because you have polycythemia does not mean it is p-vera.Presence of jak 2 mutation is important. ...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

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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