Polycythemia Vera (PV) is a bone marrow disorder in which the body procures an excessive amount of red blood cells. While the red blood cells are made in the bone marrow, this production of blood cells is supposed to be tightly regulated and in case of Polycythemia Vera, the bone marrow produces to many red blood cells. Some of the common signs of Polycythemia Vera include fatigue, heart attack, stroke, difficulty breathing, and blood clot in the lungs, among others.
HOW IS POLYCYTHEMIA VERA DIAGNOSED?
There are many ways to diagnose Polycythemia Vera. Apart from the physical examination and asking a few questions on the symptoms being observed, the General Physician will ask for a complete blood count test being done. In some cases a bone marrow biopsy can also be done.
HOW IS POLYCYTHEMIA VERA TREATED?
While there is no cure for Polycythemia Vera, therefore, its treatment focuses on using medications to prevent serious blood clots.
DID YOU KNOW?
Polycythemia Vera isn't common. It usually develops slowly, and you may have it for years without noticing signs or symptoms. Often, polycythemia Vera is found during a blood test done for some other reason.