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My mom has polycythemia. What to expect?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Internal Medicine - Hematology
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In brief: Polycythemia vera

Polycythemia vera is usually treated with phlebotomies to keep the hematocrit < 42% in women, with Hydroxyurea to keep the platelets < 400, 000, and with Aspirin to prevent blood clots.
Barring complications, patients with polycythemia vera can live for many years. Good information can be obtained on the websites www.Mpdsupport.Org and www.Mpnresearchfoundation.Org.

In brief: Polycythemia vera

Polycythemia vera is usually treated with phlebotomies to keep the hematocrit < 42% in women, with Hydroxyurea to keep the platelets < 400, 000, and with Aspirin to prevent blood clots.
Barring complications, patients with polycythemia vera can live for many years. Good information can be obtained on the websites www.Mpdsupport.Org and www.Mpnresearchfoundation.Org.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Polycythemia

Polycythemia means elevation of hemoglobin /red blood cells level.
It can be caused by different conditions. In general is divided into 2- primary bone marrow problem ( polycythemia vera) vs secondary polycythemia. Treatment , what to do, what to expect etc-would depend on the cause of polycythemia.She should see a hematologist as some evaluation/ blood work up have to be done to find the cause.

In brief: Polycythemia

Polycythemia means elevation of hemoglobin /red blood cells level.
It can be caused by different conditions. In general is divided into 2- primary bone marrow problem ( polycythemia vera) vs secondary polycythemia. Treatment , what to do, what to expect etc-would depend on the cause of polycythemia.She should see a hematologist as some evaluation/ blood work up have to be done to find the cause.
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