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Have polycythemia vera. Doctor ordered cold stimulus. I was under impression polycythemia vera should not be exposed to extreme cold. Is this true?

Have polycythemia vera. Doctor ordered cold stimulus. I was under impression polycythemia vera should not be exposed to extreme cold. Is this true?

Different diseases: Hi. Cold agglutinin disease and polycythemia are completely different and unrelated diseases. Cold can be bad for PCV for a different reason: cold can increase blood viscosity, which is already a problem in PCV. ...Read more

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

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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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?

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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When would a doctor suggest myelosuppressive therapy as a treatment for polycythemia vera?

Not often: Polycythemia vera is caussed by multiple factors. Typicall the treatment is theraputic phlebotomy but if you had any condition that would be negatively affected by the plebotomy or physician preference you might have this done. Consider the cuase of the condition also would affect the treatment. ...Read more

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I have had polycythemia vera for about 10 years. My blood work has reversed. Does this mean the blood marrow is spent and I am going into ppmm? Or cml

I have had polycythemia vera for about 10 years. My blood work has reversed. Does this mean the blood marrow is spent and I am going into ppmm? Or cml

See hematologist: Reversal of blood counts, i.e. Erythrocytosis to anemia, frequently indicates progression of marrow fibrosis in polycythemia vera. If the spleen is also enlarging, this would be a concern. A hematologist can determine why the blood counts are changing and might suggest a bone marrow examination. ...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?

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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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 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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