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Polycythemia Vera

Alternate Names : Primary Polycythemia, Polycythemia Rubra Vera

Polycythemia Vera | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Symptoms of polycythemia vera are often related to the abnormally high number of blood cells. Symptoms usually come on gradually, and may include:

  • headache
  • weakness and fatigue
  • light-headedness or dizziness
  • itching, especially after a hot shower or bath
  • visual impairments
  • shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • a red color to the skin, especially in the face
  • abnormal bleeding
  • bone pain
  • an enlarged spleen or liver
  • a blood clot in a vein, also called deep venous thrombosis
  • Some people have no symptoms at all, and the diagnosis is made accidentally when a routine blood test is done.

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    Polycythemia Vera: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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