What does myeloproliferative disorder with essential thrombocythemia mean?

Too many platelets. The myeloproliferative neoplasms (mpns) involve terminal myeloid cell expansion in the peripheral blood, resulting in various combinations of erythrocytosis (rbc's), leukocytosis (wbc's), thrombocytosis (platelets), bone marrow hypercellularity/fibrosis, and splenomegaly (enlarged spleen). Essential thrombocythemia is a diagnosis of exclusion, made when other forms of mpn are ruled out.

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I have essential thrombocythemia. Is this a life long disease?

Yes . Treatment of essential thrombocythemia depends on your risk of blood-clotting or bleeding episodes. If you're younger than 60, have had no signs or symptoms, and have no other risk factors for developing blood clots, such as smoking, you may simply need periodic medical checkups. Read more...

I've got essential thrombocythemia. It is a bone marrow disorder. Can it be cured?

May be. It is a mild form of leukemia and may not cause symptoms. Some patients do develop complications. There is no cure through conventional treatments. In some cases bone marrow transplant may be warranted and can cure the disease. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thrombocythemia/basics/definition/con-20034386. Read more...

Is there a connection betwen essential thrombocythemia and leukemia?

3-4% Leukemic risk. Essential thrombocythemia is a hyperproliferative disorder involving mainly the platelets with patients having high platelet counts of over 600, 000/ul without any apparent reason (like iron deficiency or presence of other malignancies). It can cause either bleeding or blood clots. Since the problem involves a "stem cell" in the bone marrow there is a chance of developing an acute leukemia in 3-4%. Read more...
Yes-5% risk. Essential thrombocythemia is part of myeloprolifeartive neoplasm umbrealla where in et the bone marrow for some uknown reason-proliferate too much platelet- that can go up above a million. They are abnormal and sticky platelet. Due to the abnormal level and function of platelet, there would be risk for blood clots as well as bleeding. The risk of et to develop into acute leukemia is about 5 %. Read more...