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Doctor insights on: Polycythemia Vs Polycythemia Vera

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Dr. Angelica Balingit Dr. Balingit
Internal Medicine
years in practice
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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.

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Polycythemia Vera (Definition)

Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red ...Read more


Dr. Martin Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
41 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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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.

Dr. Herbert Duvivier Dr. Duvivier
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
29 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. John Weeks Dr. Weeks
Family Medicine
41 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Ritesh Rathore Dr. Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
26 years in practice
University of Delhi, College of Medical Sciences
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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.

Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Joseph Woods Dr. Woods
Pathology
24 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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.

Dr. Steven Ginsberg Dr. Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
33 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Reid Blackwelder Dr. Blackwelder
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Dr. Stephen Southard Dr. Southard
Internal Medicine
11 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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I have polycythemia vera. What food should I eat or avoid,?

I have polycythemia vera. What food should I eat or avoid,?

There are those: Who would encourage you to go forth with a strict organic raw food diet, like something along the lines of the Gerson diet (which also includes coffee enemas!) But I don't think there is any strong data to suggests a "curative" diet. But I will help to eat as healthy as you can, it may help limit further stress on your body.

Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: polycythemia vera?

PCRV is a: Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red -- vera -- true.

Dr. Aniket Saha Dr. Saha
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
10 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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My friend has "polycythemia vera". What medicine treats this?

Depends on cause: The treatment really depends on the underlying cause. Unless that is known I can't help. Medications are available to treat this.

Dr. Romeo Mandanas Dr. Mandanas
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
34 years in practice
Cebu Institute of Medicine
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If my son has polycythemia vera, what foods should be avoided?

If my son has polycythemia vera, what foods should be avoided?

Same as in Gout: About 10-15% of polycythemia vera patients develop gout, a painful inflammation of certain joints (esp. The big toe) caused by precipitation of high uric acid content in the blood. Polycythemics already have a higher level of uric acid (about 50% have hyperuricemia) in their blood due to rapid turnover of red cells. It would be prudent to avoid foods that could precipitate a gouty attack.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Dr. Jack Mutnick Dr. Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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Are there specific tests to indicate whether you have polycythemia vera?

Absolutely: Simple is first a CBC with a differential. Also ask for a peripheral blood smear. You are looking for excessively high levels of hemoglobin or hematocrit.

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Dr. David Masiello Dr. Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
14 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I'm a teen. How will having polycythemia vera mess up my health later in life?

I'm a teen. How will having polycythemia vera mess up my health later in life?

No: Generally speaking, pvera dose not imapct a persons long term survival, ie when comparing a group of patients with pv to a group without, survial rates are the same. However, pv and other myeloproliferative disorders are uncommon in your age group and I would be skeptical of the diagnosis.