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Does polycythemia vera lead to other health problems?

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Polycythemia vera can lead to other issues. But your doctor will work to avoid those problems. Blood clots are the most serious concern because they can cause a stroke, heart attack, or other life-threatening problems, such as a DVT (blood clot in your legs) or a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that travels to your lungs). Clots can also make your spleen and liver larger than normal, giving you sharp pains in your belly. It’s rare, but some people with PV get leukemia or another bone marrow illness called myelofibrosis.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Polycythemia Vera.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Library: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Polycythemia Vera.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Explore Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health Library: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

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