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?
A General Physician/Hematologist diagnoses Polycythemia Vera by ordering a complete blood test to measure the red blood cells in the blood.
HOW IS POLYCYTHEMIA VERA TREATED?
For treatment of Polycythemia Vera, you can approach a Hematologist, who might suggest a few remedies, though in mild forms of the disease, no particular treatment is undertaken. One way adopted by the doctors is phlebotomy. In this, certain amount of blood is drained from the body, with the objective of bringing down the overall blood volume and cell count. Some internal medicines might also be prescribed.
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.