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Is essential thrombocythemia a type of blood cancer?
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: Sort of
It is an abnormal state and is similar to blood cancer.

In brief: Sort of
It is an abnormal state and is similar to blood cancer.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: High Platelet count
Essential thrombocythemia is a hyperproliferative disorder characterized by elevated platelet counts.
The problem is due to abnormal signalling in a "stem cell" leading to uncontrolled proliferation of platelets. Technically it is now considered a neoplasm but with a benign behavior for the most part. About 3-4% of cases transform into an acute leukemia towards the latter stages of its course.

In brief: High Platelet count
Essential thrombocythemia is a hyperproliferative disorder characterized by elevated platelet counts.
The problem is due to abnormal signalling in a "stem cell" leading to uncontrolled proliferation of platelets. Technically it is now considered a neoplasm but with a benign behavior for the most part. About 3-4% of cases transform into an acute leukemia towards the latter stages of its course.
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
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