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Are blood clots a risk if you have polycythemia vera?

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Blood clots (thrombosis) is are one of the most dangerous complications of PV. You might get a clot in your brain, your eyes, or your heart. Clots also can block blood flow in your lungs (pulmonary embolism) and form in the large veins in your muscles (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT).

SOURCES:

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

Bloodwise.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

Mayo Clinic: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Health Care: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Library of Medicine.

CancerCare.org: "Managing Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Polycythemia Vera Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

Bloodwise.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

Mayo Clinic: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Health Care: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Library of Medicine.

CancerCare.org: "Managing Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Polycythemia Vera Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 18, 2019

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