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Are there specific tests to indicate whether you have polycythemia vera?
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Dr. Richard Mcgee
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Partially
Pv is a clinical diagnosis that is somewhat complex.
A large proportion of pv patients (but not all) have a positive jak-2 gene rearrangement test. There are other causes of polycythemia that need to be considered as well- treatment of pv is important, so you should see a hematologist to make the diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan.

In brief: Partially
Pv is a clinical diagnosis that is somewhat complex.
A large proportion of pv patients (but not all) have a positive jak-2 gene rearrangement test. There are other causes of polycythemia that need to be considered as well- treatment of pv is important, so you should see a hematologist to make the diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan.
Dr. Richard Mcgee
Dr. Richard Mcgee
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Absolutely
Simple is first a CBC with a differential.
Also ask for a peripheral blood smear. You are looking for excessively high levels of hemoglobin or hematocrit.

In brief: Absolutely
Simple is first a CBC with a differential.
Also ask for a peripheral blood smear. You are looking for excessively high levels of hemoglobin or hematocrit.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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