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Can polycythemia be hereditary? What is the gene for too many red blood cells?
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: Maybe "genetic risk
Polycythemia can be acquired.
It is a natural respohse to living on a high mountain. There are oxygen censors in the brainstem and if oxidation is compromised a signal goes to the kidney to produce erythropoietin. This then signals the bone marrow to produce more red cells to compensate for the rarefied air. Exactly the same thing can happen with vitamin b1 deficiency induced by excess of sugar.

In brief: Maybe "genetic risk
Polycythemia can be acquired.
It is a natural respohse to living on a high mountain. There are oxygen censors in the brainstem and if oxidation is compromised a signal goes to the kidney to produce erythropoietin. This then signals the bone marrow to produce more red cells to compensate for the rarefied air. Exactly the same thing can happen with vitamin b1 deficiency induced by excess of sugar.
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
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In brief: Polycythemia
Yes, polycythemia vera can be hereditary.
Mutations in the jak2 and tet2 genes are associated with polycythemia vera.

In brief: Polycythemia
Yes, polycythemia vera can be hereditary.
Mutations in the jak2 and tet2 genes are associated with polycythemia vera.
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