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How long can you wait for treatment if your son has polycythemia?
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Dr. Edward Evans
Pediatrics - Neonatology
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In brief: Forever no symptoms
Polycythemia, a high number of red blood cells, can be treated by giving fluids or by taking out blood and replacing it with donor blood (exchange transfusion) however when to treat is controversial, and depends on the degree (how high), symptoms, and the treating doctors treatment practice.

In brief: Forever no symptoms
Polycythemia, a high number of red blood cells, can be treated by giving fluids or by taking out blood and replacing it with donor blood (exchange transfusion) however when to treat is controversial, and depends on the degree (how high), symptoms, and the treating doctors treatment practice.
Dr. Edward Evans
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In brief: ? age and cause
Polycythemia means that a person has a much higher number of red blood cells in the bloodstream than is normal for age.
Newborns sometimes receive more rbc's from mom during delivery than expected. Increasing oral fluids or giving IV fluids is often first line of treatment. However, polycythemia can lead to increased risk of blood clot causing stroke. Patient's doctor can best assess risk.

In brief: ? age and cause
Polycythemia means that a person has a much higher number of red blood cells in the bloodstream than is normal for age.
Newborns sometimes receive more rbc's from mom during delivery than expected. Increasing oral fluids or giving IV fluids is often first line of treatment. However, polycythemia can lead to increased risk of blood clot causing stroke. Patient's doctor can best assess risk.
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