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Are there specific tests to indicate whether you have polycythemia vera?

Are there specific tests to indicate whether you have polycythemia vera?

Partially: Pv is a clinical diagnosis that is somewhat complex. A large proportion of pv patients (but not all) have a positive jak-2 gene rearrangement test. There are other causes of polycythemia that need to be considered as well- treatment of pv is important, so you should see a hematologist to make the diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan. ...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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Is an ankle brachial index test accurate enough for someone with polycythemia vera?

Yes: An ABI, tests arterial blood flow into the legs by comparing to the flow in the arms. The normal ratio is one. This test would not be anticipated to be different in someone with polycythemia Vera. ...Read more

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Larry has Polycythemia vera and CBC test came back MCV 79.6, much 26.7, RDW 17.8 what is this all about?

Larry has Polycythemia vera and CBC test came back MCV 79.6, much 26.7, RDW 17.8 what is this all about?

INDICIES: The CBC is the most common blood test ordered. Reports include (MCV, MCH, MCHC, and RDW) Indicies, these are used to define the size and hemoglobin concentration of the red blood cell. These are mathematical calculations. Doctors generally use these to categorize anemias. In PV the most important thing is the Hematocrit which is used to make decisions on when patients might need phlebotomy. ...Read more

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My blood hct came back at 55.4%. Hbg 18.4 my brother and father had polycythemia vera. Am i at risk at that level. Blood test was for severe hbp.

My blood hct came back at 55.4%. Hbg 18.4 my brother and father had polycythemia vera. Am i at risk at that level. Blood test was for severe hbp.

Yes: Yes that is an abnormally high hemoglobin level. If this is something that runs in your family you should be seen by a hematologist for more detailed testing of your blood to establish the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can patient with Polycythemia vera have normal hemoglobin and hematocrit count but abnormal JAK2 result ? what is definitive test for PV ?

See below: There is more than one factor that needs to be taken into consideration. High hemoglobin, low erthyropoietin and JACK 2 all need to be looked at. You may consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polycythemia-vera/basics/definition/con-20031013 ...Read more

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Last blood test:high red blood cells( 5.8) high hemoglobin (17.3) high hematocrit 52% and high bilirubin 2.1. What's wrong with me? Polycythemia vera?

Last blood test:high red blood cells( 5.8) high hemoglobin (17.3) high hematocrit 52% and high bilirubin 2.1. What's wrong with me? Polycythemia vera?

Hey buddy!: You've asked this question repeatedly. Being a smart teen with an interest in science, you're understandably concerned. At your age, and with normal cbc's as a kid (were they normal?) i'd be more concerned about sleep apnea -- that will ruin your life -- or that someone is giving you Anabolic steroids without your knowing it, or an erythropoietin-producing tumor somewhere. ...Read more