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What is the difference between polycythemia, polycythemia rubra vera and polycythemia vera?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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In brief: Polycythemia

Polycythemia is a terminology used for a condition where your hemoglobin is elevated above the normal range.
It does not tell you what the cause of the condition- which could be caused by a primary bone marrow problem -( which is called polycythemia rubra vera -abbreviated as polycythemia vera) vs some other secondary conditions such as chronic lung problem, sleep apnea, liver mass/renal mass et.

In brief: Polycythemia

Polycythemia is a terminology used for a condition where your hemoglobin is elevated above the normal range.
It does not tell you what the cause of the condition- which could be caused by a primary bone marrow problem -( which is called polycythemia rubra vera -abbreviated as polycythemia vera) vs some other secondary conditions such as chronic lung problem, sleep apnea, liver mass/renal mass et.
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