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Polycythemia vera

Also known as Polycythemia Rubra Vera, P Vera, Erythremia, Primary Polycythemia, Erythrocythemia, Splenomegalic Polycythemia, Osler's Disease, Vaquez's Disease, and Proliferative Polycythemia

Polycythemia vera (PV, PCV) (also known as erythremia, primary polycythemia and polycythemia rubra vera) is a myeloproliferative blood disorder in which the bone marrow makes too many red blood cells. It may also result in the overproduction of white blood cells and platelets.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with polycythemia vera, 43% report having fatigue, 30% report having skin lesion, and 30% report having dizziness. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of polycythemia vera are difficulty eating and joint swelling, although you may still have polycythemia vera without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with polycythemia vera often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, complete physical skin exam performed (ml), examination of breast, ophthalmic examination and evaluation, rectal examination, examination of foot and prostate specific antigen measurement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with polycythemia vera include hydroxyurea, ergocalciferol, anagrelide, irbesartan (avapro), ramipril, selenium sulfide topical, varenicline (chantix), chondroitin-glucosamine, vitamin e (vita-e), temazepam, ambrisentan (letairis), lutein and calcitonin .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for polycythemia vera include age 75+ years, age 60-74 years and age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years, and age < 1 years almost never get polycythemia vera.

Age

< 1 years
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1-4 years
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5-14 years
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15-29 years
0.1x
30-44 years
0.4x
45-59 years
1.7x
60-74 years
2.3x
75+ years
2.4x

Sex

Male
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Female
0.7x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
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Hispanic
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White
1.5x
Other
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